We always thought that Social Security disability and food stamps were set up for the poor and disadvantaged. As a society, we have an obligation to take care of our most vulnerable members.

Why is it that taxpayers’ dollars are simply turned over to the recipients of these programs without teaching them how to use them responsibly. Why is there no follow-up on how these individuals spend our money?

Their attitude seems to be, “It’s my money, and I can do what I want with it.” No, it’s not their money. It is the taxpayers’ money that has been given to them in order to provide them with the basic necessities in life.

How much money, dispensed by SSDI, goes toward buying drugs? Alcohol? Stereo equipment? Expensive jewelry that we can’t afford.

How many times have we been in the grocery story and seen a cart full of soda, candy, expensive energy drinks, or top-grade cuts of beef paid for with an EBT card?

We can’t afford those things; why are our tax dollars being used so that someone else can buy them?

If computers can be programmed to disallow toilet paper purchases, why can’t they be programmed to pay for no more than a specific amount of soda or candy, energy drinks and the like?

Mark and Mary Morin, Waterville

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