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| Thursday, March 20, 2003

I'm writing in response to Jack Baird's demeaning comments regarding the Westmoreland County Food Bank and the firemen who provided assistance (" Food bank crisis? ," March 6). This is a 99 percent justifiable cause or the firemen would not respond.

All food bank recipients are required to provide proof of financial status at the food bank via an access card or similar identification. The IDs are needed to get food each month, and the recipient must sign up for each allotment, period!

Each year the recipients are required to prove their financial status. There are laws for fraudulent use of food stamps and these programs. If Mr. Baird knows of someone who is providing false information, I suggest he contact his local welfare office.

Regarding his comment about newer cars being seen at the food bank locations: That's none of his business. Some people get rides to these places to receive their food box and don't own vehicles or cell phones! Before he judges these people, he ought to make sure they didn't borrow the phone.

Also, if they want to smoke, there is no law against that. I don't smoke, but the last time I checked it was still a free country!

Kevan Kolling
Jeannette

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