The U.S. economy may be slowly bouncing back, but millions of families are still struggling.
Unfortunately, because of the downturn in the economy. many East Texas families have had to seek public assistance.
In 2009, those enrolled in food assistance programs increased 11 percent in Angelina County, and 13 percent in Nacogdoches County.
Recently, however, it was discovered that there were a few East Texans taking advantage of this federal program.
Last month five people were arrested in Angelina County for food-stamp fraud.
Those individuals provided falsified documents so that they could obtain help.
With more families needing government assistance, it's disappointing that a few bad apples are spoiling the bunch.
Many of us are suffering right now and could use extra help. We would like our paychecks to include a few more zeros, but were dealing with our situation honestly.
We could all irrationally justify stealing, by saying we're hard up, and are really in need.
But in the current economic environment, where many Americans feel the government should reduce this type of help, such dishonesty fuels the argument for cutbacks.
Therefore, those five individuals have not only cheated honest food stamps recipients, who are really in need of help, but every single American who works hard, but gets by with less every day.
Shame on them.