The welfare system needs to be cut back
I've read where our elected officials want to raise taxes to take care of our roads. This is certainly not necessary. Our government (local, state and federal) needs to learn to live within its means. There are certainly enough taxes. What the state needs to do is start cutting back on some things. Here is one idea: Do away with the School Clothing Vouchers that are issued through the welfare system. This will save several million dollars per year.
Nowhere in the Constitution does it say anything about it being the governments' job to take care of us. People have families, friends, neighbors, churches and social agencies that can help. As I grew up, there were a lot of "hand-me-downs." I also remember when Joe Manchin was governor, that state employees were asking for raises, as they said they couldn't afford new clothes because of the new dress code policy. Gov. Manchin commented that "they can go to Gabe's."
Well, anyone can go to Gabe's to get clothes, but I'd like to share with you what my church does. It's a little church, with only about 75 people who attend. For the past three years, we have helped feed 300 families per month. We also have clothing and furniture that are donated to the outreach center that we run, and these items are given away. Now, you tell me why the government has to give away several million dollars in school clothing vouchers?
The welfare system itself needs to be cut back, and even done away with. I suggest that politicians in Charleston consider something like this instead of coming right out and saying we need to raise taxes.
Mark D. WhiteFairmont