Compassion, not cuts, needed for those struggling with hunger

Published: July 18, 2012
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Regarding “Proposed food stamp cuts will be challenge for Lucas” (Our Views, July 11): On the same day The Oklahoman lauded proposed cuts in the food stamp program, Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, wrote in “Oklahomans compassionate in helping less fortunate” (Point of View) that “One in seven Oklahomans wakes up every morning not certain where their next meal will come from.” Many of them work, Bivens wrote, “but don't have enough money left for food.”

The editorial gives cover to U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne, in his proposed cuts of $16 billion to the food stamp program over 10 years by calling us back to the days when eligibility qualifications for food stamps were more strict. How can we turn our backs on meeting basic food needs of Americans, many of whom are children?

Bivens cites the recent and successful Letter Carriers' Food and Fund Drive as an “example of compassion in action.” It takes compassion in action public policy, along with the generous and compassionate people of Oklahoma, to meet the challenge of more than 675,000 Oklahomans struggling with hunger.

Sam Bowman, Oklahoma City



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