I was reading the letter on "Abuse of Food Stamps" in the Tribune Chronicle and I have to say that I tend to agree with the writer of the letter.
However, I believe that another thing about the people who collect welfare benefits and food stamps should be brought to light.
First of all, let me say that there is no shame whatsoever in having to be on public assistance or food stamps, or both, if they are truly needed.
I know many people who receive food stamps and aid to dependent children who smoke and also who drink on a daily basis. I, for one, feel that if they can afford to smoke and drink that they must be using money that they have and that they could be using to feed their families.
I feel that there are women who have made a career out of living on the welfare system because it is much easier than getting a real job and they do not have to answer to anyone for eight hours a day.
I also know that they are given two - yes, I said two - clothing allowances a year for their children: one in the fall and one in the winter. I also know that each time a child is born, the family gets an additional $150 a month in food stamps.
I am in no way slamming the system for helping those people who truly need it, but I am saying that there should be a limit to everything. I believe that two children should be the limit per a single mother depending upon the situation.
I also believe that there should be a five-year - yes, I did say a five-year - limit for everyone on welfare, because this should give those people the opportunity to get training and get a job. If their job does not offer them health benefits, then let them keep the medical card.
I also believe that they should be made to tell the Human Services Department who the child / children's father / fathers are, because believe me, they know and most of these clients are living much better then you or I, trust me.
-- Doris A. Garrett, Gainesville, Fla.