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Paid Political Letter: Peterson taking wrong stance on welfare reform

To the editor:

Minnesotans believe in hard work, personal responsibility. Thus we support legislation that requires able-bodied adults between the ages of 18-59 to meet work requirements to receive food-stamps. Unfortunately, Congressman Collin Peterson doesn't share those values. The farm bill currently being negotiated in Congress would require capable adults to work or participate in job training programs at least part-time as a condition of receiving food stamps. It would exempt those with disabilities, those over 60 and parents with children under 6 years old.

Over half of Minnesota's food stamp recipients are able to work yet they are receiving food stamps. Result: Taxpayer money is used for people choosing not to work.

The U.S. food-stamp program was developed to help people when they fall on hard times, a safety net for families and the most vulnerable Americans. Today, the program has lost its original goal. After traveling to Collin Peterson's district for years, I know how valuable a job is to most of his constituents. Because of his stance against welfare reform, Minnesotans should rethink their vote for him in November.

Any job a person takes increases personal dignity, self esteem and often leads to an even better life.

Janet Beihoffer

Lakeville, MN

(Paid political letter)