Gov. Paul LePage is working hard to stop wasteful spending, but some people don’t get it. He is cutting welfare and food stamps to many 18- to 21-year-olds in the state looking for free handouts who are not willing to help themselves.

People think LePage is cutting general assistance to the elderly. That is not true. The issue is that for 35 years general assistance has been out of control. It is time to fix it.

For people who don’t like LePage, at least he is working to stop the out-of-control welfare system. But people call him cruel and heartless and ruthless for going after people who are cheating the general assistance system.

Too many people are getting help from the state.

It is time they got off their butts and found jobs.

Reggie Bechard, Lewiston

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