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Some are abusing ‘assistance’ in state

February 17, 2013

By PETER PETT This letter is to comment on two recent articles in the OBSERVER. The first one appeared on the front page of the OBSERVER (Jan....

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Feb-26-13 3:58 PM

I work hard for money and am barely making ends meet. When I go into the store and see someone using food stamps, buying junk food, wearing a ring on every finger, leather jacket and designer shoes and purses, it really ticks me off. People will never get off the system if we don't start changing the rules. There are plenty of jobs out there. Why work when you can get your bills and apartment paid for. NY needs to wise up and make tougher laws for welfare recipients.

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Feb-20-13 12:56 PM

Thanks Peter,hope we get some answers on this.How about the Editor of the Observer looking into this?

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Feb-18-13 11:05 AM

Am I to assume that the person that disagreed with my comment is:

A) OK with the fact that the comments did not address the issue.

B) OK with the fact that if someone on Public Assistance robs your house they can use YOUR tax dollars to pay the fines.

C) All of the above

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Feb-18-13 10:39 AM

Article spot on. Yes the are enablers. Pay tickets they should lose their license. They are driving who pays for the car and the insurance. No work then walk. Sick and tired of the freeloaders having all the privileges of the working taxpayers.

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Feb-18-13 9:30 AM

I agree with judeye,lets see a copy of said checks and how did the writer got his hands on said "checks"

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Feb-18-13 8:06 AM

And the first comment out of the gate trys to change the subject instead of addressing the issue presented in the article. The next comment is an AMEN to the first comment? The Author is trying to make a valid point about a specific instance of abuse but go ahead and ignore it. Maybe you could even re-write the article if it doen't follow your agenda?

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Feb-18-13 2:08 AM

Hey judeye, are you worried about losing benefits? You sound like someone who abuses the system! Peter Pett was spot on!

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Feb-17-13 4:59 PM

My friend did Welfare Fraud for the County Sheriffs office a few years ago, there alot of people on assistance and it is totally abused. I have seen copies of these checks from at least 5 different courts and know there are more. Why should people on assistance get penal law and traffic tickets paid for, there is no good explanation, it is our tax money. I understand that assistance is a good thing for people that need food, medical treatment ect... but not to pay for them breaking the law.

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Feb-17-13 4:48 PM

It tickles me when people disagree with I ask for...FACTS.

I know facts are kinda funny these days arent they?

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Feb-17-13 2:52 PM

Great article Pete. Entitlement at it's best. They are being paid by the taxpayers so they should have to work for the taxpayers, there's plenty to do like rebuild roads and clean up parks beaches etc... There should be rules to follow just like those who work for a living !!

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Feb-17-13 8:39 AM

AMEN Christopher.

Look at all the subsidies they get. Look at the tax loopholes that allow a millionaire to pay a lower tax rate than I do as a senior citizen living on social security. Look at where many keep their money, just to avoid paying taxes.

People do not want to look at all that "corporate welfare". Much easier to look at some poor mother trying to feed her kids, as getting too much.

I also wonder why the statistics on just how many are receiving cash assistance in our county is not published. Perhaps because it really is not that many people at all. But if the truth were out, then they no longer put the blame on them.

And YES I would like to see a copy of that check. Most do not get tickets paid for. There must have been some very unusual circumstances if the county paid a ticket for someone on pa. Please show it....

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Feb-17-13 7:17 AM

If you really want to see abusive milking of the system at the tax payers expense, take a good long look at the money multi-national and wealthy corporations receive! It dwarfs that received by the poor. It's hard to complain about the benefits received by the poor when millionaires escape every year without paying a dime in taxes.

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