The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Letters to the Editor

March 9, 2014

Letters to the Editor 3/9/14

The News Courier encourages letters to the editor. Submissions should be no more than 250 words and include name, address and telephone number for verification. Submissions that do not meet requirements are subject to editing.  Writers are limited to one published letter every 30 days. Send letters to P.O. Box 670, Athens AL 35613 or email to

Government should leave food business

Dear Editor:

Results of a February survey reveal that Americans waste 30 percent of their food. Some of the recommendations to remedy this situation include informing the public (you are hereby notified), and by government action. And, actually, this IS the government's business, since they stuck their noses into our food supply a long time back, which is activity beyond the authority allocated by our Constitution. They can help resolve our current plight and try to correct some of their former mistakes by taking the appropriate action.

This would be to eliminate or reduce farming subsidies, the food stamp program(s), school breakfast/lunch programs, subsidies for the elderly, the pregnant, the homeless, the poor, the lazy, and the drugged. These programs can be replaced by families, friends, churches, communities, and the general benevolence of Americans. This is how it was done previously, before our government tried to rule every aspect of our lives.

These steps noted above would increase food costs, assuring that people would be more careful spending their money, since there would be less available for other commodities. Our government has also been spending our money to tell us that we are obese. This is also completely outside their realm of authority. You can't have it both ways. They are spending money to make food cheaper and more available, and simultaneously telling us we are eating too much. That just isn't right. The government needs to get out of the food business, saving money and reducing government intrusions into our lives.

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