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Re: Could you eat for $3.60 a day? (Oct. 19). I could not eat on $3.60 a day. I find it appalling that Canadians on employment and income assistance get the bare minimum to survive. It's bad enough for them to live with a mental illness, never mind the amount of stress they must feel just from the nickel and diming to get by every month.

Just to add salt to their wounds, the government will spend $5 billion this year on international assistance. Let's help our own people first. Clean our own backyards before cleaning someone else's backyard.

DEBORA CRAMMOND

Dauphin

 

I totally disagree with the idea to raise payments for everyone on welfare. As the article mentions, there are plenty of programs available to help those with financial difficulties to supplement their income or lower their expenses.

I am a single mother of three, and I get no money from the government to pay for my groceries or my rent.

Because I am able-bodied, I couldn't imagine going on welfare. When I went to school to get a better-paying job to support myself and my family, I got a student loan, just like many other people. When I couldn't afford groceries, I visited a local food bank.

And, yes, I have fed my family, including our dog, for less than $3.60 a day. That's what those programs are there for. The solution is not to give people more money. The solution is give people the help they need to get back on their feet.

JENNA POBORSA

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 23, 2013 A10

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