Letter to the editor

I'd like to comment on a few of Ms. Burleson's comments in her letter to the editor from June 1.

First, she wrote: "It would be nice if I could apply for food stamps." You can apply for food stamps. It's not a military program, it's a federal program. But, if you make too much money to apply, think about these military folks—how do you think they're making it from paycheck to paycheck?

Second: "I would also like to be able to take advantage of the entertainment that is available at military bases, such as swimming pools." Well, if you're a civilian employee, you can. Just pay your entrance fee like everyone else. By the way, you can also use the gym and golf course! Don't cry if you've never checked into these things.

Third: "If the houses on base need fixing, why can't the people living in them fix them?" Did you know that the people living in military housing are actually renting these units? Don't you think it should be the landlord's responsibility to maintain these units, just as in the private sector? Can we really expect someone who needs to use food stamps to make it from payday to payday to use what little discretionary income they have on house repairs? Why should someone coming off of a 12- to 18-hour shift have to worry about fixing his employer's faucets?

Allan Emerson
Air Force

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