BENEFITS: Worried for winter

Print Article

After the disgraceful resignation of Health Secretary Tom Price and Sunday’s headline, “Food Stamp Benefits About to Drop,” I thought I would reach out to address my own SNAP problem.

I’ve made five visits to Social Services. My situation is very simple. Normally this time of the year I would be saving extra pay for the winter instead of one delay after another caused by heat, smoke and rain. I’m sure I’m not the only person in this situation. It’s going to be a struggle if winter lasts longer than usual.

First visit, a denial. I didn’t have an address. I was told “write your legislator if you don’t like it.” Second, another denial, although done a little more politely. Incomplete job verification. Third, wage verification. Fourth denial, wage verification discrepancy. Fifth, I stormed out of the office after the parameters regarding said wage verification changed with each of the five workers I saw.

Each visit was about 30 minutes, where I watched a security guard monitor an empty office. Four or five social workers sat in sight not doing much of anything. Several more worked beyond the lobby. Maybe tasked with more unnecessary forensic audits. The staff within this office and the workforce program has grown at an alarming rate, while they claim the numbers in need have dropped.

I find this an interesting dilemma. Trying to get the public sector to understand when the demand for the workforce is less, so is the need for that workforce.

STEVEN REYNALDS

Coeur d’Alene

Print Article

Read More Letters to the Editor

CELLPHONES: Photo answers question

December 10, 2017 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press All one needs to do to answer the Tuesday, Dec. 5, Coeur d’Alene Press’ question “Are cellphones a communication device, learning tool, or distraction in the classroom?” is to look at the accompanyin...

Comments

Read More

POEM: A Very Special Day

December 10, 2017 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press When I think upon the Christmas child, It’s hard to comprehend. Why God would send his only Son To take away man’s sin. But in his love he sought to draw All men unto his side. So he sent h...

Comments

Read More

GRASSLEY: Take it back

December 10, 2017 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press If you have not heard what Chuck Grassley said about you, check it out. His view is that people at the bottom of the pecking order don’t deserve a raise because they will just spend it on booze, movi...

Comments

Read More

TRUMP: Now picture this

December 10, 2017 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press Imagine if President Obama had accepted help from Iran during his election. High ranking officials in Iran intervened in some way during the election in order to sway it in Obama’s favor. And Obama k...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(208) 664-8176
215 N. Second St
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814

©2017 The Coeur d'Alene Press Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X