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Yet Another Tea Party Letter the Facts is Refusing to Publish

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Yet Another Tea Party Letter the Facts is Refusing to Publish

Facts editor:

It’s the Christmas season, but that’s not enough of a reason for columnist George Alfano to give us a break from the predictable tripe he regurgitates all year long.

In the Dec 15 edition of the Redlands Daily Facts, Alfano — member of the Redlands Area Democratic Club — compared the Tea Party movement and Republicans to Scrooge, as though comparing anything to Scrooge has never been done before. How original.

Alfano took a series of cheap shots at the Tea Party movement to justify his laughable yet unquestioning belief in big government solutions — in this case food stamps. And he’s George Alfano, so of course he didn’t include any relevant facts.

Food stamp usage in the United States has exploded during the Obama administration, from about 32 million Americans in 2009 to almost 50 million in 2013, according to the Wall Street Journal. Unfortunately, the so-called “Scrooge” Republicans are proposing only tepid rollbacks to get this government addiction program back in balance.

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As Income Shrink, Prices Are Going Up

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As Income Shrink, Prices Are Going Up

By Marilyn Snyder

Published in the Redlands Daily Facts, December 12, 2013

  
Inflation is a quiet thief, stealing from you while you sleep. It steals from your food budget, even though your in­come may have dropped over the last several years.

The price of a can of soup goes up by a few pennies this month … as it did last month.

Those shoes on your chil­dren’s feet need to be treated more carefully since replac­ing them is now a financial de­cision.

You notice that eggs have become more valuable than the one laid by Jack-in-the-Beanstalk’s goose.

Then there’s the tricky way that products seem not to cost more until you notice that the package size has changed. Take the can of tuna that is mysteriously smaller and, shocker (!), the roll of toilet paper that just got narrower — but each product is still priced as before.

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The Truth and Nothing But the Truth

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The Truth and Nothing But the Truth

By Marilyn Snyder

Published in the Redlands Daily Facts, December 5, 2013

Are there times when you wish everyone had a Pinocchio nose to help smell out skillful li­ars?

As the mother of two, foster mom to five teenage girls, a high school teacher, and a former kid, I have a lot of experience with fib­bing, falsifying, misleading, misspeaking, prevaricating and plain old lying.

Think of the “Oops, I got caught” liars like one of my fos­ter daughters who, in the mid­dle of the night, took my car for a joy ride.

What she didn’t know was that my husband always kept track of the mileage. Oops — her story didn’t pass the odometer test.

No question that everyone fibs, even if they are only little white social lies. “I’m fine,” when you feel terrible. “I’m busy,” when you just don’t want to do something.

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