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We should not demean people using food stamps Print
Letters to the editor
Thursday, Feb. 09, 2012 -- 12:00 AM

To the editor:

Recently a Catholic politician, Newt Gingrich, speaking to his supporters called President Obama, the “food stamp President.” This was meant to demean African-Americans as well as the working and non-working poor who need the basics of life.

It just so happens that many more white people are using food stamps to survive than African-Americans or Latinos. Mr. Gingrich needs to be told that we as Catholics do not speak of God’s people in such terms.

Isn’t this a sin? Isn’t President Obama doing the Christian thing by supporting food for the poor when other politicians are saying America must balance the budget and the food stamp program must be cut?

John Murphy, Madison