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Welfare vs. work

December 23, 2012
Williamsport Sun-Gazette

I was moved by Dan Doyle's article on the homeless in Lycoming County. Certainly, I applaud charities and churches in their work to help the poor and homeless. But I'm dismayed over American society's drift towards regarding the poor and homeless as simply too "lazy" or, worse, pretending they are living in poverty in order to receive welfare benefits. As a former welfare case worker in New York City, I saw little if no evidence to support that perspective. And now federal, state, and local governments will probably be cutting welfare and social service benefits even more. Churches and charities can't handle the 47 percent of the population living near, at, or below the poverty level, not to mention those who are also homeless.



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