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Bruce Oliver Brink, 79, died April 18, 2014, at Life Care Center in Mt. Vernon, Wash.
Florence Elizabeth Prose, 90, died on April 14, 2014, in Ketchikan.
Charles Jasper Solomon, 94, died April 10, 2014, in Ketchikan.
Janette Edna Powers, 85, died April 15, 2014 at St. Josephs Hospital, Bellingham, Wash., after a short illness.
Mark Edward Cooley, 55, died April 9, 2014, with his family by his side at their home in Des Moines, Wash. He was born in Portland, Ore., on April 10, 1958. He grew up in Butteville, Ore., on the Willamette River, and graduated from North Marion High School.
Esther Rita Brown, 53, died on April 10, 2014, at her home in Ketchikan.
10/15/2013
Accountability

The reward should be remaining eligible for welfare.

The penalty should be losing the privilege of eligibility or repaying what was taken.

Over the weekend, the nation's welfare system sustained a computer glitch, resulting in some holders of Electronic Benefits Transfer cards — the electronic version of food stamps — being locked out of the system and others finding they had unlimited sums.

This caused all kinds of reactions — panic among those who couldn't get food; riots in stores that honor the cards when some cardholders took advantage of the glitch.

One woman who had 49 cents on her card ended up spending $700. She wasn't alone, and for the people who took advantage, they should become ineligible for the cards. Or at the very least, the amount they overspent should be deducted from future cards.

Whether people are on welfare or not, this is a society in which you're held accountable. It shouldn't matter whether you're on food stamps (electronic benefits transfer cards) or not. If dishonesty is allowed, then it will increase. If there's no penalty now, then the dishonesty will be greater next time — and there will be a next time because computers aren't infallible.

This nation provides for the poor. It also frowns on taking what doesn't belong to one or misusing the system.

For those who didn't abuse the system, they should and will remain eligible. But all will know that abuses won't be tolerated.