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Letters to the editor: Readers speak out

September 2, 2018

Good Samaritans camethrough in heavy trafficMy battery in my car was giving me trouble, so I was on my way to the store where it was purchased to have it checked. I stopped at the light on College at Lindbergh in Beaumont. My car stalled and would not restart.I was in the middle lane during midday traffic. I turned on my emergency flashers to alert people in the back of me that I was having car trouble, but my flashers would not work either. I knew I couldn’t move my car alone, so I called for help to have my car jumped.In the meantime, this couple in the back of me stopped and put on their flashers so that I would not get hit. They along with another young man preceded to push my car to a safe driveway.I thanked them as much as you can in these heated traffic situations and rewarded them monetarily for their assistance. No one had to stop and help me, but they did and I appreciate people going out of their way for a stranger.I have been so lucky over the years with people coming to my rescue in Beaumont, in another state or another country. I thank the three strangers for their kindness and all the people who help others in need.Mike Cacioppo, BeaumontNew farm bill needsfood stamp protectionsWhen Congress returns to D.C. next week they must prioritize the health and nutrition of our families by passing protections for SNAP (food stamps) in the Senate’s bipartisan, common-sense Farm Bill.Unlike the House of Representatives’ Farm Bill, the Senate version protects our families from harmful and unnecessary barriers to access, like burdensome work requirements which adversely impact people who are disabled, sick, have caregiving responsibilities, or who are escaping an abusive relationship.Nearly 70 percent of SNAP participants are in families with children. Research shows children who benefit from SNAP are likelier to have better health and educational outcomes as adults. The last thing American families and our economy need are policies that are balanced on the backs of our nation’s families or so-called “welfare reform” packages that will keep us from putting food on the table for our children. After all, investments in SNAP pay off! The Congressional Budget Office found that SNAP has one of the largest “bang-for-the-buck” among a broad range of policies for stimulating economic growth and creating jobs.Our elected leaders can help our families be strong and healthy by adopting the Senate’s SNAP provisions in the Farm Bill.Steve Garland, LivingstonMelania’s parents showvalue of strong immigrationPresident Trump’s in-laws recently became U.S. citizens by taking advantage of the very family reunification immigration policy that Trump decries as “chain migration.”Trump often rails against this longstanding bedrock of U.S. immigration policy that dates back to before the country’s founding. He says that his immigration plan would feature “limiting sponsorships to spouses and minor children.”Perhaps his wife, Melania, is getting her parents’ citizenship before he can make his plan a reality. Either way, Trump’s hypocrisy here completely diminishes his credibility on this issue.Rather than continuing to demonize and scapegoat immigrants, President Trump should point to his wife, as well as his former first wife, as prime examples of the country’s proud immigrant tradition.Linda Chavez, Director, Becoming American Initiative. Washington, D.C.

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