Honest figures

To the Editor:

I’m retired and do more reading. I can understand most figures; however, I have a problem with some of our own government figures.

One in five families is on food stamps, yet our jobless rate is a 7.5 percent? Maybe I can see why people stop looking for work.

According to Steve Forbes, medical expense are about 1 percent of the average family expense. The government doesn’t count food and fuel (gas, electric and heat) in the consumer price index. What do they count? Most of my expense is fuel, food and medical.

If you can believe these figures, I guess I’ll have to sell you that land in Florida quickly. I believe our government should be able to give us honest figures, and I demand that they do.

Walter Steffens