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Letter to the Editor
Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

Regarding the letters “SNAP cuts real, painful I” from the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank's CEO and “SNAP cuts real, painful II” from a Just Harvest intern (both Nov. 20 and With my hand on the Bible as I type this, I was once in a local fish market and witnessed a couple buying lobster tails with a SNAP card. Surprisingly, this is completely legal.

Furthermore, when the SNAP balance is exhausted, there's always the food bank, as no one is allowed to go hungry. I related this story to a grocer who told me, “Forget the hand on the Bible, I've sold them lobster, shrimp and expensive steaks for years,” paid for by SNAP.

Personally, I like lobster — but try not to buy it, because then I'll spend all my money and be poor, and then I'll need food stamps. Is that making sense? That's my lobster-tail tale.

I wish the left would be more coherent. One day, the poor are starving, so we need to raise taxes to fund feeding them more; the next day, the poor are desperately obese, so we need to tax foods like soda pop and fast food to stop them from eating so much. From first lady Michelle Obama's anti-obesity “Let's Move” website: “(C)hildhood obesity rates have tripled ... . The numbers are even higher in African American and Hispanic communities” — read “poor” — “where nearly 40% of the children are overweight or obese.”

C. Colpo


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