Letters to the Editor

January 15, 2014 12:00 AM

Letters to the editor on war on poverty, truth in taxation, Israel, minimum-wage jobs

The “war on poverty” was an intricate and highly nuanced program that, despite the factoids generated from conservative/libertarian think tanks, was very successful at lowering elder poverty from 35 percent to less than 10 percent, while Medicare has saved the elderly and their adult children from debilitating medical debt. Poor children also benefited greatly from school programs ranging from Head Start to Pell Grants. Most studies have found that the food stamp program was a success in reducing poverty – combating hunger and food insecurity while improving life outcomes for low-income children and families.

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