Your Nov. 25 article “Some say Maine DHHS required them to get EBT card photos” mentions that food stamp spending in Maine has risen from $160 million in 2005 to $367 million this year.

With a 110 percent increase in costs, shouldn’t we all begin to think that there has also been an increase in the abuse of the program by those who do not rightfully qualify due to their financial status?

Asking for verification hardly amounts to putting up “barriers to access,” as advocate Christine Hastedt is quoted as saying.

Fraud diminishes the help available to those who truly deserve it.

Davies Allan

Westport Island