S. Goulet: Work for the help you get

This is in response to Steve Huston's letter that appeared March 11. In it, he stated that people who use state services should not be asked to provide identification, or, better yet, being in good health, not to have to work for the services they need. Huston felt it is "demoralizing" to expect either of the above-mentioned.

I would believe people whose luck is down and out would keep their pride and dignity by trying to work for the help they are receiving. The average person needs to feel some self-worth in order to get respect from people. If it means serving the public in one way or another, then so be it.

Beats waiting at the mailbox for the next meal.

Steven Goulet, Greene

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This just goes to show how

This just goes to show how much people do not really understand the welfare system. People who receive full benefits are required to participate in the ASPIRE program which in turn requires recipients to either go to school, enter a job training program, volunteer for a non profit agency for 30 hours per week, or do 30 hours of job search per week. It is not always a case of something for nothing. Some who are not required are those with multiple barriers such as a special needs child or a disability in which they are waiting to get social security disability. In those cases, "good cause" must be shown and they are reviewed each year.

Maybe instead of making assumptions about people receiving any kind of help we should look at what word is in the word assume....Assuming things make asses out of you and me....

Jillian Campbell's picture

don't stereotype!!

Just because someone is getting food stamps does not mean they dont work... how do you know that the person using an ebt card is not a single mom working two jobs?? I used to work at a grocery store as a cashier and you would be surprised about some of the people who use food stamps. There seems to be a stereotype about people getting assistance. I certainly don't agree with someone getting paid to sit at home doing nothing to contribute to society but for those that are trying their best it is unfair to degrade them.

I personally think that anybody getting full welfare benefits should be required to do a certain amount of volunteer work every month. Or that the state should provide childcare so that the single moms that can't afford to send their kid to daycare can go out an get a job!

I don't think that asking for someones ID when they use an EBT card would work either. I know people that take care of elderly and/or sick people that can't leave the house. They go shopping for them and use their EBT card to buy their groceries...

FRANK EARLEY's picture


There is always going to be certain individuals out there who are committed to coming up with new rules to protect the system. There's no way around it. You see it at work , you see it at city hall (Dept. of motor vehicles),everywhere.
Having to prove who you are has become a way of life. In the seven years I've been unable to work I'll bet I've given the last four of my social security as proof of who I am two thousand times. Its not something unique to DHHS. Although I'll admit they do tend to go a little overboard.
Having to prove who you are, shouldn't diminish in any way, who you are.
Now this is solely my opinion, but I think everyone has a place deep down inside them that gives them self worth. I feel it has a lot to do with people doing the right thing. If working to aid in your assistance makes you feel good, that adds to your self worth. Maybe you could volunteer at the food bank or the humane society if that makes you feel good its adding to your self worth. The bottom line is that everyone ,no matter their circumstances has self worth. Having to show an ID or answer questions should never deter from your self worth. You need it to survive.

Wilma Turcotte's picture


In some cases not having to work for what you get has been an option for so long that some prefer it that way. Years ago when you needed help there were jobs like mowing the sides of the roads, picking up trash etc. Nothing was a free ride then and you certainly turned out a different group of people. Most have pride and don't want something for nothing but for sure way to many that do.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Ride lower College St. near

Ride lower College St. near Sabattus St. on a warm afternoon. Blatantly shameful.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

Been there a few times

I used to live right behind the store, at least it was near Luigi's. Fortunately that was quite awhile ago.


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