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Editorial: Stamping out support to those in need
Move to cut off food assistance for jobless aims to end dependence, but at a high cost
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While Hall County’s jobless rate lingers below 5 percent and many prosper from a growing economy, we see reminders that it’s never easy to be poor, even as government and nonprofit agencies work to keep the safety net pulled tight. Ours is clearly a community of haves and have-nots, particularly in the city. U.S. Census Bureau figures show 32 percent of Gainesville’s population lived below the poverty line from 2009 to 2013, compared to 18 percent in the state.