Letters to the Editor, Aug. 14, 2019

Evil does not obey laws

The United States will never create enough laws to control the evil of killing another human being because evil and evil people do and will never obey laws or any rules imposed upon them by the government.

What makes anyone think evil people will obey government laws when they will not obey God’s law — Thou shall not murder. We will always have mass killings, murders, and the breaking of the law because we live in an evil world.

All the laws on the books or laws that will be on the books will not stop evil. When a person has his mindset on an evil purpose he will carry out that evil purpose one way or the other with whatever is at hand to do his or her evil deed.

We are already hearing from the liberals and the far left after this latest mass shooting in Texas wanting more gun control laws and for what? The only thing more gun laws will do is hamper the honest decent man, who by the way, respects and abides by the gun control laws. We already have more gun control laws on the books in this country that do absolutely nothing, but yet we want more laws or better yet to take away the guns of everybody, including honest law-abiding citizens.

When all the guns are gone and we become a people who depend totally 100 percent on the government we will then be servants of the government instead of the government being a servant of the people. Some people will not get that. After the firearms are all gone or confiscated by the government what will be the next on the list for the future mass murderer to use to commit his evil act? Without naming several I will let the reader think for himself.
Do not let the government and some anti-gun groups make you think or believe it is the gun that is the cause of our problems. It is evil in the hearts of degenerate people that cause the problems. People who could care less about any law or what is morally right.

This country’s policymakers, journalists, and the general public look to psychiatry, psychology, neuroscience, and related disciplines as sources of certainty in the face of the often-incomprehensible terror and loss that mass shootings inevitably produce. This is especially the case in the current political moment when relationships between shootings and mental illness often appear to be the only points upon which otherwise divergent voices in the contentious national gun debate agree.

Our country and even the world is going down a broad road to destruction. After all the gun laws, the psychology, and many other programs that have been tried and have failed we need to turn to the ONE who will heal this land and put us back on the right course. The bottom law is this: When we obey God’s laws the evils of this country will go away.
Bill Patchett
Federalsburg


Trump’s proposal would
increase hunger for thousands

The Trump administration has issued a proposed rule that would take food assistance away from thousands of eligible Marylanders in all parts of the state. The proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will particularly harm working families with children, and families and seniors with even modest amounts of savings.

Maryland is one of more than 40 states that currently implement the “broad-based categorical eligibility” (Cat El) option that allows it to streamline the SNAP application process, eliminate archaic asset tests, and assess the circumstances of more working households to determine what, if any, SNAP benefit their low net incomes qualify them to receive.

The proposed rule would cut off SNAP benefits for many people in need and take away free school meals for children in those households. At the same time, gutting this streamlining option would mean increased government spending on processing and red tape.

On the national level, USDA estimates the proposed rule will cut five-year spending on SNAP benefits to households in need by more than $10 billion, but increase government administrative costs by over $2.3 billion.

The current Cat El option has been thoroughly vetted for more than two decades. It is the product of formal rule making and Congress has rejected proposals to alter it, most recently in the 2018 Farm Bill. This proposal is just another example of the Trump administration sidestepping Congress through unnecessary and harmful regulatory changes.

Maryland Hunger Solutions will continue to work with local agencies, nonprofit groups, and advocates throughout the state, as well as with national partners, such as the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), and anti-hunger allies around the country to oppose this rule.

MDHS encourages people to submit comments on the rule via FRAC’s comment platform. The 60-day public comment period began on July 24.
In Maryland, over 600,000 people receive SNAP benefits, the majority of whom are children, seniors, and people with disabilities.

There is no doubt that, if enacted, this rule would take food away from thousands of these Marylanders. It’s critically important that Marylanders use their voices to express their opposition to this unnecessary and ineffective proposal.

Michael J. Wilson
director
Maryland Hunger Solutions

Editor’s note: Maryland Hunger Solutions, an initiative of the Food Research & Action Center, works to end hunger and improve the nutrition, health, and well-being of children and families in Maryland.

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