What are you thoughts about the $40 billion in SNAP (food stamp) cuts, and do you know anyone who will be affected?

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By Loretta A. Ragsdell

Contributing Reporter / Columnist

Aldi's and McDonald's parking lot – Central and Roosevelt

Citlalli Navarro
 "It's not a good idea to cut the Link program because it's going to hurt the people that have it and need food too. I don't want the kids to be without food."

Stanley Lott
"It doesn't make any sense. I know a lot of people are going to be affected. There will be more crime because people got to eat. You got to have a way to make it. It's sad, very sad."

Byron Ferguson
"It's tragic, especially this time of year with the holidays coming up.  A lot of families are getting together and it's important to them. And for that to happen to them, it's really sad. The government can't seem to get it right. A lot of poor people are getting the short end of the stick."

Sadruddin Noorani
"Well, it all depends on those individuals that are on that program and how long they have been in this program. If it's for a short time and not for long, then it's not good. It will hurt those people who are in desperate need of those funds. But, I am not in favor of funds for those who are there forever. There have to be some limits and they have to get on their own feet unless they are handicapped or limited in some other way."

Michael Pace
 "I will be affected myself because I have been receiving Link for about a year now. I'm unemployed, and I have been for the past 10 years. I'm a single man; I don't have children to support, but I feel sorry for the mothers that have children who are going to be affected by that. It's going to be hard on them. I say a prayer every night, and I always pray for the people that need help. I hope the country gets in better shape real soon because we're going down hill fast."

Lowell Lott
 "I think it's very bad because there are no jobs out here and it's rough. People are doing the best they can — it's really bad out here. I know some people who will be affected by this, but not me right now, but it could be me tomorrow. I'm like a paycheck away."

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