Other studies show poor not spending frivolously

The column by Luke Davis concludes that poor people spend 41% of their income on liquor, gambling, cigarettes, and tobacco. Mr. Davis lacks statistical knowledge. The same person might drink liquor, smoke tobacco, and buy lottery cards. Thus, it is possible that people making under $30,000 a year use 12% of their income for “frivolous” things. This, too, is contrary to other research studies. The bankrate study does counter all major studies that have been conducted.

That study (https://www.businessinsider.com/how-high-income-and-low-income-americans-spend-their-money-2017-3) Finds that poor only spend 4% on miscellaneous, tobacco, liquor. Another study showed that poor spent about 70% on housing, food and transportation (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/04/14/where-the-poor-and-rich-spend-really-spend-their-money/)

Another study showing little money left to spend 41% on liquor, tobacco, gambling and lottery tickets (https://www.lovemoney.com/galleries/84611/how-rich-and-poor-americans-spend-their-money?page=29)

Here is another study (https://money.cnn.com/2015/04/23/news/economy/poor-spending/index.html.)

I don’t see the methodology of the bankrate study. That might show the discrepancy in the studies.

Your column leaves the impression that all poor people do not use their money wisely, but rather on unnecessary things. This follows the Republican mantra that poor people are responsible for their money problems and we should have no social programs. This is not true and I hope that you will correct this in a future column.

Christine Rinck, Ph.D., Independence


Our area representatives are not upholding their oaths

U. S. Representatives Sam Graves (R-Mo. 5th District) and Vicki Hartzler (R-Mo. 6th District) should resign from office. They took an oath "to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

Yet, on Oct. 31, both voted against a measure to authorize open hearings in the House of Representatives regarding the actions of Donald Trump that could lead to Articles of Impeachment. Please note they could always vote "no" on any Articles of Impeachment that may be proposed, but instead, they voted to disallow open hearings.

What is especially hypocritical is that Hartzler was part of a group that stormed the closed door hearings demanding open hearings and then she voted against them!

These two Representatives have abdicated their responsibility to defend the Constitution by voting against open hearings to determine whether impeachment is warranted. They have failed their constituents and, most importantly, the United States. Shame on them – they should both resign.

Michael Hull, Lee's Summit