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    Since John Hubertz started the discussion of the “deplorable” situation at Kroger’s Southgate Plaza store (July 21), I would invite him and the Kroger’s managers to visit Scott’s on North Clinton Street.
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    In a July 21 letter, the writer was concerned that expansion of the Fort Wayne Community Schools’ free meal program will foster dependence and irresponsibility in the children and families who will benefit.
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Web letter: Cutting fiscal ‘calories’ while adding more is no fitness plan

A lot of people have trouble with numbers, so let’s look at our debt a different way:

I eat too much. You want me to slim down. Since you pay for my groceries, we need to agree on a plan.

So if I need 2,400 calories per day to maintain a healthy weight, and I eat 3,600 calories a day, that is equivalent to our government taking in 2,400 billion dollars per year and spending 3,600 billion.

If I say I will cope with the overeating by exercising so that I need 2,560 calories per day, but will then eat 3,650 a day, that is equivalent to the government saying it will raise an average of $160 billion more in taxes each year, and spend another $50 billion over and above current spending.

Do you think this is a serious plan? I obviously don’t lose weight, I just gain a little more slowly. I would expect that even Michelle Obama, renowned anti-obesity champion and compassionate human being, would be against me continuing to stuff myself at her expense. I don’t think it would matter to her if I were old and poor; she would likely want me to take better care of my health.

That’s all I am asking the government to do: take better care of its fiscal responsibilities. Slim down its budget and get healthy. I am willing to face cuts, even the deep restriction of the social safety net (I am 61), if it results in actual balancing of the budget.

Obviously I cannot speak for everyone, but I don’t see how continuing the present course benefits most of us who do or eventually may expect to receive benefits. Without some budgetary self-control, we will get little or nothing anyway.

DONNA MASKELL Fort Wayne

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