I enjoyed Alisa Smith's letter (Your Views Nov. 10) on being a disciplined and savvy food shopper. I grew up in the 1940s and '50s when some people didn't have a lot of extras, as there were no food stamps or the entitlements that are available today. Many nights, supper was a little light at our house. On those nights our mother would make a big pan of popcorn to fill us three boys up.
Recently a local TV reporter interviewed a lady about the cuts that are being made to the food stamp program. The lady was telling what a hardship this was going to be on her family, but she was going to do the best she could. As the camera panned to her grocery cart I noticed two cases of Diet Coke in her cart. I can guarantee one thing: My mother wouldn't have had soda pop in her cart. She probably would have had a 10-pound bag of beans in her cart.
Other than Social Security, no one in our family has asked the government for anything. I guess a few light meals had no lasting effects on us.
Richard Hurley, Shawnee