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Posted: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 7:00 pm

Writer, paper draw criticism

To The Editor:
I am writing in response to the comments by a writer in last week’s Letters to the Editor. I have three points I would like to make.
1. First, the majority of people who receive government assistance are not crack heads, do not have six children, all with different dads, and who do not want a job. Yes, there are those small percentages that do take advantage of the system, but there is a small percentage that take advantage of all sorts of things in the world. The majority of people who get government assistance cannot find jobs or already have a job but it does not pay an adequate amount of pay for their family. Word of advice, sir, before writing another editorial, please do your research before you are put in that small percentage of those that are ignorant in the world.
2. Next, the majority of people who are poor stay poor because they do not make enough to maintain. In case you do not understand what I mean, sir, let me explain. I am poor because my paycheck never goes up but my grocery bill does. I am poor because my paycheck never goes up, but the gas for my car does. I am poor because my paycheck never goes up, but my monthly Walmart bill for necessities does. Sir, do you understand what I am trying to say or are you to busy smoking a crack pipe yourself?
3. Last, I would like say to The Union City Messenger, shame on you for printing such trash as this man’s letter. We all know you pick and choose the letters that you would like printed. In these trying economic times, why would you want to print something so demeaning to so many? Why not print something positive and uplifting? After all, don’t most of your editors claim to be Christians, or are they just really Republicans underneath?
Teena Lairy
Union City

‘Scumbag’ talk
sparks questions

To The Editor:
I think I may be a scumbag.
At least that’s the impression I got from a recent letter to the editor defending (Congressman) Stephen’s Fincher’s use of the word scumbag to describe some of the legislators he has to work with in Washington, D.C.
And what’s my sin? Nothing but being one of those liberal Democrats who support helping the poor with government subsidies.
Now I realize, as does the letter writer, that some of these tax dollars end up in the hands of those who make no effort to help themselves. But, unlike him, I also realize that most of this money goes to the elderly, to the disabled, and to those who do an honest day’s work, but don’t make an honest day’s pay, which is a wage that will support a family of four above the poverty level.
After reading this letter, I couldn’t help but wonder who else thinks I’m a scumbag. My husband? My children? My neighbors? And what about Jesus? Does he think I’m a scumbag? Now I can’t speak with total certainty about the first three, but I’m 100 percent sure that Jesus wouldn’t consider me one. In fact, I don’t think he would find any scumbags in Obion County. Or in Washington, D.C. Or, for that matter, in the whole of the U.S. of A. So I’m not going to fret any longer about being called a scumbag. It comes with the territory.
Lynda Hamblen
Union City

Published in The Messenger 3.7.12

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