Letter to the Editor: Tax reform would cut vital program


During my 21 years of providing support services to the frail elderly citizens of the Shenandoah Valley it was clearly evident that a substantial segment of this population struggles with heating costs throughout the winter.

The primary tool I used to assist these folks is the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. This program targets low income disabled people who literally are at extreme risk of freezing to death without this support.

The proposed Republican tax reform bill would cut this program. The rationale is that the program has poor outcome measurement data and is a barrier to achieving a 3 percent growth rate.

I interfaced with hundreds of people throughout every winter who were kept alive by this program. This fact meets my cost-effective data requirement. Could it be for the greater good to achieve a 3 percent  growth rate while putting the lives of thousands of our most vulnerable citizenship risk?

William Crawford, Front Royal