Weíre footing the bill for crime, welfare

Dear Editor,

If anyone didnít read the paper on March 28, he missed a very true letter to the editor written by the Rev. Roland Ritchie. It is getting so you arenít ever safe on the streets anymore. Why? Because they donít have stiff enough penalty for crimes such as murder, dope and stealing. These people who do these things go to jail or prison and think they ought to live as good, if not better, than the ones who try to live a decent life. Half of them have a better place in jail than they do at home. So why do they care what they do?

Itís just like these welfare people. I donít mean the real people who need it. I mean these young punks who wonít work because the job isnít good enough for them, or they donít have the education. If this isnít baloney, what is? And when a mother who has been on welfare goes to work, welfare pays to have her children taken care of. Why donít you other mothers rebel? I should have done this when I was bringing up my family alone.

Of course at one time welfare was a disgrace. Now itís a disgrace if you arenít on welfare. Wonder how much more taxes we will have to pay since the welfare people are going to get more money?

They say it will hurt the budget. So who will pay? The working people. Itís the same old story. The big shots getting richer, the welfare people living in luxury, and us poor suckers caught poorer and having less. Now, isnít this true?

What tickles me the most is when they say people donít have education enough to work at a job. Well, then how do they learn to spend money the way it should be handled: They get a check, they sign their name, know how to buy cigarettes and booze. I guess this doesnít take many brains.

Mildred Law


April 5, 1974

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