TO THE EDITOR: Please endorse the New York State Public Assistance Integrity Act.
This proposed legislation would prohibit welfare recipients from using cash assistance to purchase items, such as tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, lottery tickets and to gamble. I have long been aware that some people were purchasing these types of items, but always thought that they were doing it underhandedly rather than legally.
I am not sure which disgusts me more? The fact that this has been allowed to take place to begin with or the fact that last year the legislation that was proposed to end it was permitted to die a legislative death.
As a person who has worked hard my entire life and has served my country, let me say this: This is the biggest bunch of “expletive, expletive bull expletive” I have ever heard. Need I say more? Not to other hard-working, taxpaying individuals because I already know how you feel.
But please publicly express your own outrage. Don’t allow this issue to remain quiet. Demand that your local representatives pass a resolution. Why should they be quiet about this?
If you need assistance, I am willing to see that you receive some comforts. I am willing to buy you a blanket, but not beer, cigarettes, lotto tickets and a paid trip to the casino.
I urge all honest, hard-working taxpayers to speak out. Please help bring an end to this tax abuse as well as to address the political mindset that is allowing it to remain intact. Or for that matter, to have ever allowed it to occur in the first place.
For more information or how to contact your representative please, visit my blog: communitycrossfire.wordpress.com.
TO THE EDITOR: The devotion of the many volunteers working tirelessly at the Westport Heritage House never ceases to amaze me.