Friday April 26, 2013

Welfare system is not fair to those who work

Editor of the Reformer:

Concerning Roger Andrew’s letter on Gov. Peter Shumlin’s plan to "limit welfare to work draws fire" (April 23): Hooray to the governor for making a stand on this issue, and I could not agree with Mr. Andrew’s letter more.

The people who really need the help from welfare, fine I have no problem with that. I do however have a problem with the people who are fully capable of working but choose not to because they are apathetic and are getting paid for doing nothing.

The state has made it far too easy for people to come to Vermont and get on welfare. Meanwhile the rest of us get up every day and go to work and pay our taxes so some who choose not to work can stay home and collect a check and do nothing and laugh all the way to the bank.

It is just not right or fair to the working people of the state of Vermont or anywhere else.

I think for the ones who are perfectly able should be made to work for that monthly check and there should certainly be limits on how long they can collect. I have worked my whole life and it has not hurt me; I will go out on a limb and bet it would not hurt any of them either.

Michael Meyer,

Townshend, April 24

Times have changed

Editor of the Reformer:

The article in your paper on April 18 about Jamaica buying a new computer reminded me of when I was Town Clerk there in 1957.


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Among the few things I received from the office of the previous Town Clerk, was a hand operated adding machine. Not even a typewriter. All recording was done by long-hand. All taxes were compiled by using a pencil and paper. You can only imagine the time involved in doing this by hand.

Since I was busy doing other things, I hired a lady to record property transfers by hand in the town land records. Times have changed.

Warren S. Patrick,

Townshend, April 18