With the growing concern over food stamp misuse and other abuse of government assistance, I think I have what would be a very fair answer for both sides ["The myth of takers vs. makers," Opinion, Sept. 26].

Why not have a depot where those entitled could pick up food staples like milk, chopped meat, cereal, fruit, coffee, etc.? We could even hand out blankets and inexpensive clothing.

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Living on the taxpayers' dime should be something a person should be trying to discontinue, not to make a lifestyle. Assistance should never find its way to beer, steak, lobster, shrimp, etc. Yearning for the better things in life should be the impetus to become productive.

Frank Grunseich, Deer Park