As summer vacation comes to a close, it may come as a welcome relief to many students who depend on free and reduced lunch. It can be difficult for these children to have enough food over the summer break (Regarding “Summer food program provides meals to kids in need,” June 13). Nearly 20 percent of children in the U.S. live in households struggling against hunger. Unfortunately, the Trump administration has proposed drastic cuts to basic assistance programs including SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, putting nearly 20 million children at risk nationwide.
Over 1.47 million Wake County residents are recipients of SNAP benefits, a majority of those being children, seniors, veterans and persons with disabilities. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that SNAP lifted 4.6 million people out of poverty in 2015. Despite the success, the president want make drastic cuts to its funding of at least $10 billion, making it harder for many North Carolinians to put food on the table. Everyone must call on Raleigh’s U.S. Representatives, Congressmen David Price and George Holding, to protect and strengthen basic assistance programs like SNAP by opposing any efforts to make cuts in the upcoming budget.
‘Ditch insurance companies’
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“N.C. Republicans want Congress to try again to repeal ‘Obamacare’ ” (July 29) is proof that Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis are completely out of touch with their constituents. Their words sound reasonable but prove to be lies, for they both voted for the “Skinny repeal” health care bill which removed benefits of “Obamacare” and proved to be more of a tax bill than a health bill. Neither Burr nor Tillis held town hall meetings; on the contrary, protesters rallied around Tillis’ office Tuesday after Tuesday and neither he nor a staff member would meet with anyone.
All senators have excellent health care paid for by their constituents. All Americans deserve what all advanced countries deliver to their people – universal health care or cradle to grave health care. America would save billions of dollars and millions of lives if it ditched the greedy insurance companies.
‘Make America great again?’
Three suggestions to make “America great again,” none of which include the name Trump: Term limits for Congress – there already is one for the president. Make the number of votes needed to pass a law in the Senate 55, not 60 or 50. Stop gerrymandering by local governments for congressional districts. This is not a short-term solution. This is for our children and grandchildren.