The April 23 front-page article describing one Wisconsin family’s struggle to feed their children, “The hard reality of ‘welfare reform’,” highlighted the ways that some states make it more difficult for people living in poverty to get back on their feet. It was appropriate that quotation marks were used around the term “welfare reform,” because work requirements are not an improvement; they add only burdensome paperwork. They do nothing to increase the availability of jobs that provide a living wage, or to help people find and keep those jobs.

Our communities benefit when every child has access to basic necessities. Everyone should tell their state governments — and the federal government — to stop putting barricades in front of parents receiving effective assistance such as food stamps during hard times.

Susan Burket, Potomac

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