The welfare debate

The author of the article ``The Welfare Discussion We Really Need,'' Dec. 29, made an excellent point of exposing the myths surrounding our welfare system. However, I take issue with the conclusion that we must look for targets (i.e. ``deadbeat corporations'') to blame for the creeping social malaise of our culture. My spouse and I have been married 10 years. We have two children and we both work very hard just to stay financially afloat. The notion that someone can have children out of wedlock and then become rewarded with an apartment, food stamps, and free medical care from our government is repugnant, to say the least.

The idea that government can be ``reinvented'' to take care of everyone is a notion that will impoverish us all. William Olson, Spokane, Wash.

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