Farm Bill and food
EDITOR: Thanks to Rep. Jared Huffman for speaking out in opposition to cuts to SNAP (food stamps) in the House Farm Bill and for translating his words into deeds by trying to live on the average benefit of $4.50 a day ("GOP's extreme austerity diet," Close to Home, Tuesday).
Last week we, along with Bread for the World members from across the country, lobbied on Capitol Hill on behalf of anti-hunger programs. We found Huffman and Sen. Barbara Boxer to be supportive. We hope that Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who supported cuts to SNAP in the Senate bill, reads Huffman's op-ed. We hope she will oppose the much harsher cuts to domestic and international anti-hunger programs in the House bill if, as we fear, they are approved and come back to the Senate.
The House majority is very solicitous of billion-dollar corporations but not of poor, hungry children.
PAUL and SHERRY EKLOF
Gay Wine Weekend
EDITOR: On seeing Sunday's article regarding Gay Wine Weekend ("Toast to gay oenophiles"), I found myself feeling that a line has been crossed in the effort to achieve respect for those who are gay/lesbian. I imagine that things such as gay pride parades and comedy performances have served a purpose in sensitizing our society to the rightful place that they have in our culture. But a Gay Wine Weekend strikes me as a Facebook-like self-indulgence.
I could think of no other response to the picture of those at B Wise Vineyards than, "Oh look, isn't it nice to see those gays enjoying themselves and fueling the tourist industry." I think we are entering a period when efforts to depict gays and lesbians as socially integrated will merely reinforce the idea that they are to remain defined by their sexuality.