Our money, our rules

A headline for an article on the front page of the March 27 Post and Courier reads, “Nobody should tell me how to eat.”

A West Ashley recipient of $32 per month in food stamp vouchers contends that it’s no one’s business how she spends that money.

Really?

Now, if that $32 were her own money, I would have to agree. But it’s not her money.

It’s my money; it’s your money.

Our tax dollars go to support the food stamp program. We do it so that (supposedly) no one in this country goes hungry.

Noble thought. However, that hard-earned money of yours and mine should not be spent filling the bellies of the “needy” with junk food, food with absolutely no nutritional value. It does contribute to obesity and, from there, to additional health care costs.

Carol Miller

Hartfords Bluff Circle

Mount Pleasant

Better for everybody

Wednesday’s headline at the fold of Page A1, “Nobody should tell me how to eat,” is exactly right. Nobody should tell me how to eat.

But then comes the story, and the story misses the point entirely.

From what I read it is only the mayor of New York City who wants to tell people how or what to eat (and PETA, but that’s another headline.)

The governor and those who support this proposal want to tell people how to spend money we taxpayers give them.

If you are spending your own money you can buy nothing but Wild Turkey and chocolate, that’s fine.

But don’t spend the money I give you on those things.

I love chocolate, potato chips and root beer, but if I go to the grocery story with only $30 to buy groceries for a week, I’ll spend my money on vegetables and meats.

Not many will say it out loud, but the government is accountable to the people for how it spends the people’s money.

Putting restrictions on how the recipients of that money spend it should not be a problem.

Restricting the use of food stamps to healthier food types will help not only those getting the food stamps, it will help us all.

Lowell H. Knouff

Elaine Street

Johns Island