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March 1, 2010
Ruben Navarrette Jr., a reporter for the San Diego Union-Tribune, wrote an outrageous opinion piece in Sunday's Sacramento Bee. In "Bill has misguided goal for farmers markets," Navarrette doesn't just slam Juan Arambula's AB 537, which helps local markets get equipment to accept electronic food stamp benefits cards, he also heaps shame on SNAP participants, saying they don't deserve to shop for fruit and vegetables next to people with jobs:
"We made a mistake when we tried to remove the stigma from programs like this, and now we're compounding that mistake by continually making it easier and more comfortable for people to become a permanent ward of the state."
Shame on Ruben Navarette, and shame on the Sacramento Bee for publishing this piece. It is critical for Strategic Alliance Partners from across the state to write letters to the editor, today, pointing out the inaccuracies of this article. The letter to the editor submission form is here, or contact LTE editor Gary Reed directly at email@example.com.
Here are some angles you could cover in your response:
Here's an example of a letter sent in by Prevention Institute's Shakirah Simley:
"In the midst of an unprecedented global recession, stigmatizing families who want to buy good food for their families, but can't ("Bill has misguided goal for farmers markets") isn't just wrong--it's downright mean.
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