The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Our Readers Speak

April 12, 2013

Our Reader’s Speak — Friday, April 12, 2013

Welfare drug testing is not an undue burden

I read with some degree of incredulity Mr. Rapp’s recent opinion that drug testing for welfare recipients was cruel and cowardly. Mr. Rapp thinks this is humiliating and thinks other issues deserve more attention.

I ask Mr. Rapp to consider that students at many educational programs have to take drug tests. Instructors have to take drug tests. Workers at many businesses have to take drug tests. These are people who are actually working for their money. It does not appear to be beneath their dignity.

Most of the money that is currently available for unemployment or other forms of assistance is either borrowed from a future taxpayer or taken from one who is now working. Every dollar that someone receives and doesn’t earn is from someone else who earned and didn’t receive or is being borrowed from someone who will never receive and has to pay interest on it.

It does not just come from the government from some nebulous source. And those people who are working for the money have the right to know their money is not going for illegal drugs.

 We all know of recent problems in our area of restaurants having trouble hiring due to inability of prospective employees to pass drug tests. Drug screening of teachers has revealed drug use there. Drug use is rampant and this reality needs to be considered.

Many government assistance programs are charity by another name, usually “entitlement.” The recipient of this charity needs to be respectful of the people from where it came and be thankful every day for it.

If the suppliers of the money request drug testing to receive it that should not be an undue burden. In fact, it is the responsible thing to do.

Charles E. Porterfield

Beckley

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