The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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May 21, 2013

Our Readers Speak — Tuesday, May 21, 2013


Welfare drug tests only punish the poor

In reply to the three people who responded to my letter opposing drug testing for welfare recipients:

First, the incredulous Mr. Porterfield stated that many employers, as well as some students and instructors, are required to undergo drug testing. When employers require drug testing, they pay for the testing, and as far as I know, teachers in West Virginia are not required to be tested.

Ms. Hensley asked, what could go wrong with testing these people? Well, Florida (that bastion of intelligent voters) passed such a law and found that only 2 percent of applicants for benefits failed the test. Florida taxpayers paid a whopping cost for the tests; additionally they pay the cost of administrating the program, creating a new group of bureaucrats with nothing to administer.

Also you showed your lack of empathy for the kids when you stated that only the recipient’s kids would be affected. I guess to you, they are just collateral damage.

You are all so worried about your precious taxes, why aren’t you concerned about the real money, i.e.: the state just gave the Greenbrier golf tournament a $500,000 check as a down payment to sponsor their golf tournament. In the past two years the state has given the tournament $1.85 million to be a presenting sponsor of the tournament. The state has paid the Old White Charities about $5.1 million since 2011. I would much rather my taxes go to help a fellow human being rather than give it to a billionaire to sponsor a golf tournament.

You’re really not that concerned about the distribution of taxes, you just want to punish the poor. Why do you assume that everyone on welfare is on drugs? Thousands of food stamp recipients are working full time and most have never taken an illegal drug.

Why do you feel you have to look down on the less fortunate? Does it make you feel more superior? I’m sure none of you have ever been down on your luck or missed a meal.

Ms. Williams, as for my name calling, if it looks like a weasel, crawls like a weasel and smells like a weasel, then it must be a Republican.

Tom Rapp


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