A million-plus families could find it harder to put food on the table.
The U.S. House of Representatives recently came to a vote on a proposed farm bill that would make it harder for more than a million low-income families to put food on the table. I am a constituent of Congressman Trey Gowdy, who claims on his website to care about the children of our district. The newly proposed requirements of the aforementioned bill would cut the SNAP program (previously known as “food stamps”) and leave these households, including those with school-age children, without food to eat.
Luckily, the U.S. Senate ignored this bill and passed its own bipartisan legislation to protect this program. However, that is currently not enough. Both the House and the Senate still have to come together, negotiate and decide on a final bill.
I urge Congressman Gowdy, as well as the other politicians of South Carolina, to do their part in protecting this vital program during the next vote. Here in my area, the Spartanburg racial-equity index tells us that 17 percent of the population in Spartanburg County live below the federal poverty level. Cutting SNAP will only make things worse.
Kids are healthier, more productive and possess more economic opportunities when they have food to eat and are not critically hungry. Please help the children and families of Spartanburg County, as well as the rest of South Carolina and the country, to succeed by not cutting SNAP.
Bethany Moore, Spartanburg
Heads in sand
To liberals: Please leave your heads in the sand where they have been since our great president was elected. Have you no sense of shame at all? President Donald Trump has done more for this country than any president in modern history.
Traitors, liars, etc., wish “Crooked Hillary” Clinton was president. If that had happened, do you know what we would be by now? A Third World country! This would enrich her and “Slick Willy” even more.
The left has gone goofy and doesn’t live on the same planet as we Republican voters. We voted for better, and we are getting better. Promises made and promises kept! No more fake news for us.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Chuck Schumer, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Rep. Maxine Waters, Sen. Cory Booker and company should crawl back under the rocks from whence they came. Long may Trump reign!
Charles “C.R.” West, Enoree
In dark on taxes
As I wrote this, there were 112 days left in the 2018 tax year and 59 days left till the mid-term election. Keep these numbers in mind.
How many of you have attempted to find out any information on the new tax code for 2018? Our president keeps bragging about these new tax codes as one of his finest contributions to American prosperity, thereby making good on one of his “promises.”
It is pretty clear what the tax code did for businesses: Their taxes dropped immediately. Some companies gave bonuses (for show, in my opinion).
I admit that, being retired, I have no way to have measured what the net effect was to the withholding experience of working Americans. I only offer this advice: If you got more take-home pay because of the changes in withholding, I’m sure you thought that was great, but the net effect cannot be known until your 2018 tax return is complete.
With only 112 days left, there was no Publication 17, 1040, 1040EZ, Schedule A or instructions. I have been looking for guidance all year for planning purposes because, to quote something I read on a wall, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” The new tax code is supposed to be easier — on a postcard, they said.
The mid-term election is approaching. If the president keeps his majority and people like me realize two months later that the big tax break was a big break for business but not for average Americans, there are going to be a lot of ticked off citizens.
And, oh, it looks like we may pay for his stupid wall with our tax dollars after all.
David N. Evans, Spartanburg
No perfect solutions
This is regarding the Sept. 4 article “Rollback to hit coal country hard.” Many in coal country are faced with a diurnal alive-but-without-a-life situation. Whether it be in coal country, in Upstate South Carolina or elsewhere, what would most want?
There are far too many analogies or parallels to the coal country plight. One has to do with our older citizens today who have lost their livelihoods and have no recourse. They have had their financial security destroyed by those who I believe can be properly called under the radar “criminals.” The covert “attacks” come in a variety of forms, leaving the good citizens in ruins financially and with no “life.”
We do not read about this or hear about it in the news, do we? There is a huge and serious disconnect between our voiceless citizens and the media.
There are numerous other analogies that relate comparatively to what those living in coal country have been going through. Imagine a life in which you cannot help family or friends when they need your help. Imagine not being able to do any of the things normal families enjoy doing that cost money. Imagine having to just let major medical issues or dental needs go. The list goes on and on. Imagine a life of constant worry and no happiness.
My father had a risky job situation health-wise in a textile mill. It was all he had. Without his dedication, we the children might have starved or would not have had the opportunity to make it to college. We were happy. We had a life. He and our mother saw to it that we did.
Most will agree that clear air and clean water are essentials. Unfortunately, there are no perfect solutions in which everyone will be pleased. Compromise is essential.
Gary Harris, Campobello
Hope for the best
Can our roads survive? With the onslaught of rain expected here in the Upstate, I hope that the almost 50 structurally deficient bridges in Spartanburg County survive Hurricane Florence.
Another concern is how many of our roads will wash out if we get flooding. Will the cross pipes that run under our roads be able to handle the increase in water flow? I’ve heard that there are many pipes that are in need of repair. Water is corrosive and can erode the ground rather quickly.
I guess we will soon find out if our road infrastructure can handle it. How many of our state roads in the Upstate rated as poor will survive? Let us all hope for the best.
Bill Meyer, Moore