Are welfare recipients worthy?

The editorial "Slashing Welfare," Dec. 30, which claims behavioral changes cannot be induced, is without foundation. Out-of- control welfare spending is testimony to how effective behavior modification really is. By rewarding irresponsible behavior, welfare mothers have been encouraged to have children and remain eligible for a host of benefits not otherwise available. Howard L. Naslund, Annapolis, Md.

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