August 28, 2007
LANCASTER - A Garrard County grand jury handed up an indictment Aug. 17 against Sherry Preston, 33, of 104 Woodland Ave. Preston is charged with making a false statement or representation about her household income to receive more than $1,800 worth of food stamps. The alleged crime occurred between May and November 2006. Preston's bond was set at $5,000 cash. She will be arraigned Sept. 21 in Garrard Circuit Court.
November 25, 2009
When Laura Matherly pulls up to the checkout with her groceries, she pays with her plastic card like so many other people do. But Matherly's card isn't a credit card ? it's an Electronic Benefits Transfer card, EBT for short. Matherly is a food stamps recipient, though no one gets actual stamps anymore. She said she is legally blind and supports herself and her son on a disability check. "Disability doesn't make ends meet," she said. "If there wasn't food stamps, I would have to do something to make ends meet.
November 14, 2012
A few days after the election, my husband and I were driving in a rural area of Kentucky when we passed a young woman standing in her front yard holding a Romney/Ryan sign. The house was small and needed a coat of paint. The yard was bare of landscaping and the car in the front was pretty beat up. This was not a wealthy family. The look on the face of the woman was a mixture of disgust, sadness and disbelief. “How could this happen?,” it seemed to say. After all, she had been told that Romney couldn't lose. As an Obama supporter, my first reaction was to laugh, but then I realized how poignant this sight was, how completely this woman had been duped.
February 4, 2011
Oh, the indignation at HB 208! Horrors! Horrors! We have a nation of makers and takers. Oh, there is a small percentage who need a hand up (not a handout), but if you do the research, you will find that it’s a perpetual and generational blight for the vast majority of welfare recipients. So many people in this nation just can’t seem to grasp the fact that every dime they take (the takers), someone else (the makers) had to go out and work so the takers could take it. The welfare fairy simply doesn’t come down and sprinkle welfare checks and food stamps to those who choose not to work for their necessities.
January 25, 2011
I am writing to offer my full support to State Rep. Lonnie Napier and his proposed House Bill 208, which would require drug testing for those seeking public assistance, food stamps, or help from the state medical assistance program. While I fully support the proper use of government assistance and aid to those in need, the abuse of government programs should not be tolerated. In the midst of this great recession, no one should be forced to support the bad decisions of others. Tax dollars should not be used to fund any drug habits.
October 16, 2006
Dear Editor, I was shocked to hear Mike Harmon, in his debate with David Sparrow for state representative, say he was against raising the minimum wage for the poor wage earners in Kentucky. It's the same with Mike Harmon and most of the Republican Party clear back to the times of Dwight D. Eisenhauer. Give the working poor commodities, food stamps, C.C. camps and the barest living wage and expect him to be cheerful and happy with his circumstances. Baloney. I wonder if Mike Harmon would run for state representative for Kentucky's minimum wage?
July 21, 2005
Dear Editor: I really enjoy reading the newspaper about the migrants and their hard work. I've had quite a few friends that were migrants, and they were nice folks. But it appears the American workers are being discriminated against. We do extra work to make money and if we get food stamps, disability, social security, etc., we have to report it and get deductions from our wages. With this messed up deal, the migrants work and even send money to Mexico. Do they not pay taxes?
August 28, 2013
HARRODSBURG - Congressman Brett Guthrie met with about 50 area residents during a town hall meeting Tuesday at the Mercer County Extension Office. Guthrie, a Republican from Bowling Green, represents the 2nd Congressional District. The third-term congressman's constituents come from portions of Boyle, Mercer, Garrard and Jessamine counties. The state of the national economy was a focal point of discussion Tuesday. The future of food stamps was one of the issues raised by an audience member.
April 23, 2009
Dear Editor, Recently I went to Community Action in Stanford for some assistance. The woman told be to come back the first of May - like that's going to help now. The InterCounty Energy bills are out of hand. You sit in your house afraid to turn the heat up because you can't afford to pay the bill. You go for help and they tell you what they'll pay, maybe, but you can call two or three other places and they'll help. If you had money for phone calls and money for gas you wouldn't need to run all over for help.
September 27, 2011
What is poverty? In today's time it's no different than lower middle class. I have worked all of my life and, according to guidelines, I'm still in poverty. But there is a big difference. I don't let someone else support me. In poverty, you can receive up to $800 a month in food stamps, get 80 percent of your rent paid, get free medical care, help with your utilities, and now because you're poor, you can receive a free cell phone with 250 free minutes per month. Sounds like the poor do pretty well.