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Florida test proved welfare clients aren’t big drug abusers Re Aug. 28 letter, “Punish, don’t excuse, food stamp cheats,” by Bob Sponable, which was in response to Kathleen Moore’s Aug. 3 Daily Gazette article describing the reasons persons were cashing in their food stamps for 50 cents on the dollar at a local deli. While I agree with Mr. Sponable’s conclusion that “wrong is wrong,” I suspected his disregard for the reasons listed in the ...


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Will1960
August 12, 2013
5:28 p.m.

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Great Letter Paul Donahue! The whole appeal of drug testing welfare recipients underscores a mistrustful and denigrating view of the poor. There's no political appetite for drug testing of the upper spectrum of society that receives corporate welfare, tax breaks, student loans or other forms of government assistance. The justification is that there's money to be saved by kicking these folks to the curb, not addressing any drug abuse issues they might have.

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Florida's example of this failure needs to be publicized and other states that implement these polices should publish the results. Drug testing this population represents such a draconian treatment of the most vulnerable in our society and society is judged by how it treats the less fortunate.

wmarincic
August 12, 2013
7:46 p.m.

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Paul Donahue, did it ever cross your mind that if people knew they would be drug tested that they just did not apply? Was this a test of current welfare recipiants or new applicants?

will1960, most people must undergo drug testing to either get a job or to keep a job, so you're saying people don't get drug tested is totally wrong. I will be the first person to help anyone but I don't want my taxes going to drug dealers or The Cheese Store or any other crook for that matter.

ChuckD
August 12, 2013
8:36 p.m.

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wmarincic, I'm not picking on you, but you often make such an easy target. Pardon my laziness.
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While I do think you make a valid point about some ducking drug testing knowing it would be self-incriminating, you once again go over the line in your assumptions by stating "most people undergo drug testing...". In several decades of being employed in positions of responsibility and sometimes special access, I've only ever been tested once, for a 3 letter agency position in the security field. Even now as I'm entrusted with a pretty high level of access I haven't been tested for anything but the skills pertinent to my job.
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I'm convinced you would really benefit from breathing deeper.

jjhehir
August 12, 2013
10:47 p.m.

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Catherine Whittenburg of the Tamps Tribune wrote an article about drug testing of welfare applicants in Florida on August 24, 2011. About 1,000 people applied for welfare benefits over a one and one-half month period. After that I believe the court intervened to stop the testing to resolve constitutional objections to it. Of the 1,000 people tested 2% failed and 2% failed to complete the testing process.
http://tbo.com/ap/politics/welfare-drug-...

Will1960
August 12, 2013
11:58 p.m.

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@wmarincic

Don't paint with such a broad brush. I specifically was referring to people who apply for government assistance outside of welfare and those who are more financially affluent. If you have a problem with crooks receiving your tax money, that list is too long to mention here. But what about this wasteful, expensive and unnecessary drug testing program for welfare recipients? Do you have any problem with that use of your tax dollars?

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