Regarding the editorial “Welfare for the middle class” (April 27):

I’m not surprised. What I don’t understand is this: Mississippians are the most charitable people in the country, but the majority continue to elect legislators from the Republican Party, which is not known for compassionate politics. Maybe they think Republicans will stand for other principles important to them, but it seems poverty is the most critical issue and has been for many years.

I grew up in a ghetto in Greenwood. I now live in a city with more than 7,000 homeless people. Not all poor people are lazy. Poverty is everyone’s problem, and it’s a human issue, not a political one.



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