[Susan notes: I rarely read the nut case-comments that appear on newspaper websites but after reading the opinion piece about a woman buying a $41 ice cream cake with food stamps, I ventured into the predictable World of the Nasty. And then I posted my own comment, suggesting that people need to read Orwell's Road to Wigan Pier, where he points out that poor people want sugar in their tea just as much as rich people--even though it may not be a wise financial move. Readers quickly condemned me, noting that poor people have no right to sugar paid for with taxpayer dollars and also noting that I'm probably on welfare. Then it got uglier, and I stopped reading the replies to my comment, though I did add that rather scrutinizing what people buy in grocery stores, concerned taxpayers would do better to question the purchase of F-35 stealth fighter planes and so on.
To the editor
The sight of a woman buying a $41 ice-cream cake with food stamps left Warren Kozak feeling "like a chump," and "wondering what lesson" her son would learn from the purchase ( Food Stamps and the $41 Cake, op-ed, May 18). Clearly, Mr. Kozak learned no lessons from the bad deal.
Josh Brodesky and Gail Bowler
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