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Two sides to views on poverty, Mr. Pitts

April 19, 2014 

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Re: April 6 column by Leonard Pitts, “Look into the real face of poverty “

Mr. Pitts uses a real life person as an example of a poor person who used poor judgment while looking for a job and she like the majority of poor people don't want government hand-outs as the right portray them. He then goes on to quote three prominent Republicans to prove this point. Mr. Pitts makes a very good point that there is plenty of money to help the poor and lists plenty of waste in military spending.

The only problem with stories like the one that Mr. Pitts spun is that they are one-sided and don’t address the problem of single family homes. He doesn't point out that Ms. Taylor was arrested because she didn't have a husband, family or church to sit with her children while she looked for a job. Mr. Pitts also goes way out on a slim limb by blaming the economic melt down of 2008 on big banks, while he could have halved the responsibility with Democratic legislature and community organizers who insisted that banks make mortgages to people who could not afford them.

There should be plenty of money to help the poor, military spending is one that Sen. Rand Paul has been talking about for years. Sen. Paul points out that there is no reason to have military bases in places like Germany and Korea, which can defend themselves. Mr. Pitts didn't bring up the waste of billions by the current administration on Green Energy companies that went bankrupt.

Mr. Pitts suggests that Republicans can't relate to the poor, and I agree perhaps some can't. However, I spent the first 12 years of my life in the Eastchester Housing Projects in the Bronx, New York and I can relate. I saw what government hand-outs did to generations of the poor. Just drive around the projects and count the number of new high-end autos and ask yourself how? There are almost as many hustlers on the dole as there are poor people, and those hustlers don't pay taxes.

Here is a question for Mr. Pitts: Why should a man who owns a deli and works 7 days a week, 12 hours a day, support a never-married 23-year-old woman with three children?

Mr. Pitts your article was informative and brings up problems that need to be resolved. However, there are two sides to every story and if you only tell one, you lose audience and perhaps the issue.

The writer lives in Longs

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