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Food-stamp restrictions

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I am writing in response to an article in Friday’s Business section headlined, “Doctors say cutting food stamps could backfire.”

The article stated that if Congress cuts food stamps, the government could see higher health-care bills. I disagree with this.

I have been a cashier in a major grocery store for 27 years. During this time, I have checked out hundreds of thousands of customers on food stamps. I can attest to the fact that the majority of these customers do not make healthy food choices. I have seen many of them purchasing highly processed packaged foods that are high in sugar, salt and trans fats – not to mention soda. I have seen them purchasing cake, chips and candy bars using their Link card.

So as far as I’m concerned, it is what the people on food stamps are purchasing and consuming that is causing their health to be poor and health care costs to go up, not reducing the food stamps.

What these people need is nutrition counseling. There also should be more restrictions on what types of food can be purchased using food stamps.

Beth Hausl

Crystal Lake

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