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New bill will cut soda from food stamps

April 5, 2013

PARKERSBURG — Officials with the local health department are backing a new bill in the state House of Delegates to limit food stamp benefits to no longer allow the purchase of soft drinks with the......

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BakerKat

Apr-08-13 8:21 AM

I would also like to thank you Disturbed for being a stand-up person. Your mama had to feed you someway that is what it is there for. Sounds like she did a good job raising you anyway. :)

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BakerKat

Apr-08-13 8:19 AM

Good comments Disturbed. Sounds like they do have rules for using the cards (show ID) but noone is enforcing them.

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DisturbedAgain

Apr-08-13 7:56 AM

One more thing. If we impose those limits, we could use the funds to pay for drug testing. If they are caught using the first time, it should be mandatory counseling, treatment, etc., a second time, they should lose their entitlement. Since that entitlement would harm the children, they should lose those to. Why should we subject children to drug users anyway. This way, they may have a chance in life. (Now only if they would loosen the adoption laws and costs, we could be a lot more productive.)

And just so you know before everyone starts whining, I grew up with a single mother of three on food stamps, welfare and the rest of the free stuff. While I don't blame her, I swore that I would work myself to the bone to make sure my wife and children were provided by me, not the government. If your willing to work, there is work available.

Get off your butts and quit begging. Oh, by the way, I work every day and I am 100% disabled.

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DisturbedAgain

Apr-08-13 7:51 AM

The MOV Health Department does not have the right to limit anyone. They are not within our law so their opinion is just that, an opinion.

I don't believe soda should be cut completely but should be regulated. Each month, the card should be able to see how much soda, chips, etc., is being purchased and not allow an exhorbitant amount. Just because these people do not have money to pay for themselves does not mean that they should not be able to enjoy some of lifes simple pleasures. Also, recipients "loaning" cards can be reduced. Stores are supposed to check identification when they are used but I can't recall the last time I saw that happen.

And they should not be allowed to be used in convenience stores except for milk, bread, etc. They should not be able to buy 15 candy bars, 12 sodas and all of the other junk normally purchased there.

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RANDOM21

Apr-07-13 11:36 PM

Every time I hear anything from the MOVHD a picture Mayor Bloomberg pops up. They don't want to tell you what to do but they sure as heck try.

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Itsnottolate

Apr-07-13 4:12 PM

If anyone wants to know how to feel about this or what is right or wrong with America and the world just listen to Denver, he is a genius! Denver, you are my hero!

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KOMBATBOOTS

Apr-07-13 1:02 PM

BakerKat Apr-06-13 8:29 PM Agree | Disagree

Snaps is for the KIDS not so much the parents. If they didn't have kids they probably wouldn't qualify. Now who can honestly tell me a little child can think well at school with a tummy full of pop and chips?

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BakerKat

Apr-07-13 10:17 AM

I am awake and I wish they had the pantrys too.

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KOMBATBOOTS

Apr-07-13 5:56 AM

Wake up BakerKat!! SNAP is for everyone! An able bodied, adult male, with no children can receive 190 to 200 dollars per month in benefits. I still say the food pantries would be a better option for all Americans.

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hannahROSE

Apr-07-13 1:37 AM

Water has zero calories, maybe a few minerals, depending on the source and how it is processed, no fats, carbs, protein, etc. Will it be banned, too?

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BakerKat

Apr-06-13 8:29 PM

Snaps is for the KIDS not so much the parents. If they didn't have kids they probably wouldn't qualify. Now who can honestly tell me a little child can think well at school with a tummy full of pop and chips?

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KOMBATBOOTS

Apr-06-13 7:28 PM

unhealthy

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KOMBATBOOTS

Apr-06-13 7:27 PM

hannahROSE, no one is taking choices away from people, only changing options for handouts. People needing free food should not have a right to complain about what people who work for choose to give them. The poor have the right to better themselves so they can purchase what they choose. Soda and other expensive or inhealthy treats are not a neccessity and it's not fair to expect the tax payers to purchase such items for those who can't afford them on their own.

I don't need, but would like to have a brand new truck. Should I expect those more fortunate to buy me one???

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hannahROSE

Apr-06-13 2:43 PM

This infringes on personal choices! Because people happen to live in poverty does not mean that choices that the more affluent may enjoy maybe freely removed from the poor. This merely emphasizes socio-economic divisions: The haves trying to regulate the lives of the have-nots.

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KOMBATBOOTS

Apr-06-13 10:46 AM

If they used the funding from SNAP (yes Geezer, I'm aware that they aren't stamps) to buy healthy food for food pantries for the poor, ewveryone would be better off. It would cost the taxpayer less, the poor would eat healthier, and it would be harder to trade off for cash.

I have been poor enough to need government asstance and I don't feel so entitled that I would have a problem accepting healthy food!! I feel when one is "asking for a dollar they have no right to complain if you hand them 10 dimes instead".

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nextdoorneighbor

Apr-06-13 6:47 AM

We need to drug test the parents and if they fail, take the kids away from them so the kids will have a chance in life. Set up a food pantry in each Welfare office and give out healthy food only.

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localyokel

Apr-05-13 8:35 PM

According to the USDA Food and Nutrition Services website, prohibited items include alcohol such as beer, wine or liquor; tobacco products such as cigarettes; non-food items such as cleaners or paper products; pet supplies; over-the-counter medicine or vitamins; food that is meant for on-site consumption; and all hot foods.

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Itsnottolate

Apr-05-13 8:33 PM

I understand the part where working citizens pay into the system that benefits these people but from people I know that have "been on the system" I would not trade a day of working and supporting myself and my family for a "free ride" even if I could buy sugary soft drinks. Until you have been to the bottom you don't even know that you have it pretty good.

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Concernpar

Apr-05-13 3:58 PM

SNAP is a federal program so not sure the State of WV can make that decision. There are a lot of people that work, but do not make a lot of income and FA helps supplement their needs.

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380AUTO

Apr-05-13 3:28 PM

That is smart real smart who came up with this how about the 15.00 steaks I cant afford

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21bottles

Apr-05-13 2:55 PM

I have a hard time believing that one out of four adults have no teeth in WV.

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gunsrock

Apr-05-13 2:28 PM

A little of everything you guys are saying is correct. Some on the system is good some are scamming. Most are just lazy. Including about 1/3 of my family... My aunts used to trade their stamps for money from my grandparents. My sister as well. All lazy A.S.S.E.S. On the other hand I was working a job in Morgantown, had you man with me he was getting a sustantial raise and it scared him to death because once he got the raise he lost his welfare. He had my upmost respect becuase he stuck out and wanted off the system. No many would have it was sad to watch him go thru that but it worked out well. Its like a drug once your on it, its hard to stop!!

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denver

Apr-05-13 1:10 PM

Well said "usawva"

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IFHPED

Apr-05-13 1:00 PM

I agree with the drug testing.

I don't agree with the idea that everyone on welfare is lazy or addicted to something--probably most are, but not all. Drug testing should weed out the druggies (no pun intended, but it is funny).

By now, most people should have learned how to prepare healthy meals. Only lazy people (in my book) stuff their kids full of pop and chips and call it supper. Cooking is not rocket science.

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usawva

Apr-05-13 12:05 PM

God forbid some of these mouthy people ever have the need for SNAP. We are not all drug/alcohol addicted. I worked 40 years and ended up disabled and unemployable after major surgery. I needed help and someday you or your family could be in the same boat !!!

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