“Anyone who averts his eyes from the hopeless lives many of our fellow citizens lead and tells himself and others that these men and women only have themselves to blame, is either a fool or a soulless bastard.”

Blunt talk from Charles Simic in the New York Review of Books:

…one can start with what happened to food stamps in Congress, the so-called Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that goes to 47 million Americans every month, almost half of them children and teenagers. Some of those benefits, approved in 2009, will be terminated on October 31. With fuel prices expected to increase this winter, this means, for many families in cold states, choosing between staying warm and having enough to eat.

Food law and policy effect everyone: Those of us fortunate to eat three square meals a day, and those who aren’t sure whether there will be one meal tomorrow, let alone three.