In his April 16 letter, Mike Swanholm asks if “Democrats think it appropriate for people to have children while they’re on welfare.”

As a Democrat, I’d think it wasn’t any of our business. I’m not certain what Swanholm thinks should happen, but welfare is meant to feed people who can’t otherwise take care of themselves; it’s not to control procreation.

Democrats are aware of welfare fraud, although articles I’ve read here show that welfare recipients by and large use the benefits for their sustenance. Democrats think government should help those in need. That’s reality as we see it.

Larry DeBloisAugusta

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