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  • The Republican-led House recently passed a farm bill that subjected SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) recipients to an unwarranted work requirement. This is a pointless burden for folks who are already struggling. But that is what they did even though the data showed that a work requirement would affect an extremely small portion of the recipients, yet disenfranchise many who are unable to work. Would this save taxpayers money or would it cost additional money to enforce this new regulation? There is a food crisis in rural areas in Pennsylvania, where poor adults and children suffer from food instability. This means they go to bed hungry. Poverty levels in rural areas are higher than in urban areas. This is due to fewer decent paying jobs. Some jobs on farms are seasonal, so willing workers may be unemployed off season. Other issues that cause food instability in rural areas are that fresh produce and healthy options are not readily available. Local grocery stores are closing. Folks may need to travel long distances for food and groceries that add time and transportation costs that exceed their budgets. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, over 1.8 million residents in Pennsylvania receive SNAP, a federal program that provides benefits to eligible low- or no-income individuals and families to purchase food. Nationally, recipients are as follows: 40 percent children, 31 percent caregivers and aging adults, 11 percent adults with disabilities, 10 percent seniors, and 8 percent childless adults. Of the last group, 75 percent work during the year before and after receiving SNAP, and 25 percent work while receiving benefits. When recipients use their benefits locally, they help small-town grocery stores and farmers to remain in business. So this Republican bill will hurt local farmers, local rural economies and SNAP recipients — and accomplish nothing. If SNAP needs to be improved, we need elected officials who know how to solve problems not cause them. Susan Boser, a candidate for U.S. Congress in the 15th District, has the expertise and experience to change policies to help families in rural areas. Please join me and vote for Susan Boser in November. Nancy Westburg https://www.indianagazette.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/snap-work-requirement-misguided/article_86dde059-0142-5f69-bb2c-93d10469abcb.html
  • There are about 59 children in PA. About 50 are in the Allegheny area, being sheltered by the Holy Family Institute (Pbg Post Gazette reported.) And at least 9 are in the LeHigh Valley, being cared for by a nonprofit called KidsPeace. All are being monitored by HIAS PA's Immigrant Youth Advocacy project. There does not appear to be a coordinated system for dealing with the children, though, and there is no plan to reunify them with their families that I have been able to find. This is deeply disturbing, and simply morally wrong. ​ I am passionately opposed to this. It needs to be halted immediately, and all children reunited with their families. Congress must get involved to stop these atrocities. California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris have introduced Keep Families Together Act, "which was developed in consultation with child welfare experts including the American Academy of Pediatrics, and is intended to ensure that the federal government is acting in the best interest of children. It would stop the separation of children from their families, except in extreme circumstances in which the child is judged to be in imminent danger." ( naacp.org ) ​ CALL YOUR LEGISLATOR to demand they take action to keep families together and stop our president from using the tears of children as a bargaining chip for the Mexican border wall.
  • " Ms. Boser won the primary in the 15th District, in the western part of the state. She said she was teaching a night class on Tuesday as votes were being counted, and then woke up early on Wednesday to finish grading papers. ​ A professor of sociology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Ms. Boser spent years studying public policy, but she said her dismay over the election of President Trump drove her to get more involved in politics. ​ “I’ve not done anything like this before,” she said. “I thought, well, I’ve been telling my students for years about getting involved and always saying to them, ‘If not you, then who?’” ​ And here’s how the Republicans will try to win the seat: The district is solidly Republican, and Ms. Boser will be facing an incumbent, Glenn Thompson, who ran unopposed. Mr. Thompson will have name recognition and the benefit of broad Republican support. ​ So Ms. Boser faces long odds: Even a huge Democratic wave in November may not be enough to beat a Republican incumbent in this district." ​ Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/19/us/politics/pennsylvania-women.html https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/19/us/politics/pennsylvania-women.html