Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta, is right that no one will argue with asking people to be responsible and accountable or to do their best to help themselves.

What he doesn’t get, however, is that you don’t wait for them to prove that they are worthy to begin helping them. His example of a family member coming to him and telling the person to go look for work before offering help gets to the heart of what’s wrong with Katz’ approach (column, “Democrats sing Groucho Marx song about welfare reform,” April 3).

Anyone who is genuinely interested in helping others knows that when people ask for help, you give the help if you can and then help them also to become more self-sufficient. Rather than accusing the Democrats of obstructionism, Katz should focus on what really works to get people back on their feet and independent.

David DoreauWaterville

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