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August 7, 2014 1:43 PM

Merry Creed: Don’t spend my taxes on diapers

I could not believe my eyes when I saw the article in The Modesto Bee (“Bill would start first diaper assistance program in U.S.,” Page A3, Aug. 2) that taxpayers are now being asked to add to our debt and pay $80 per month for disposable diapers to mothers of families on welfare. The list of their “benefits” gets longer every year. Here is a novel idea: Use cloth diapers like thousands of us did over the years. We survived, our children were not traumatized, they were dry and clean, the diapers lasted for a couple years and then became rags to clean with. We, the taxpayers via the state, cannot continue to support all these people on welfare, it simply is not possible. I realize there are some legitimate reasons for some people to get help, but those are in the minority now. We now support fifth and sixth generations of families on welfare. It has become their accepted way of life. Get your hands a little dirty and start washing real diapers.

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