From well-wishes to chastisement, the story carrying the headline "Spotlight on sisters Samantha, Savannah" in Saturday's issue has generated dozens of reader comments atwww.norwalkreflector.com. Here is a sampling:
Oh Great wrote on Aug. 11, 2007 10:55 a.m.: "2 more unwed mothers with children, Odds are I'll be paying to raise the children for the next 18 years. Birth control girls its free at the welfair office."
2job Mom wrote on Aug. 11, 2007 11:47 a.m.: "I would bet a weeks pay both mothers and now babies are on Medicaid.Medicaid is paid for by MY tax dollars. All medical care is now FREE for them. Get on birth control.It also is free. You two don't know what life is about except gimme, gimme. Foodstamps plus WIC, free medical.Thanks Reflector, I needed to be reminded today on my way to my second job of where my tax monies are going on the front page."
Pay up wrote on Aug. 11, 2007 12:14 p.m.: "I bet that Daddy isn't even paying for the FIRST BABY!! Those girls should be hanging there head in SHAME!! Not even married I bet they don't even have jobs!! How do they plane to pay for those children. I'd be shocked if the daddys are working a job that pays enought to raise a family. I bet They'll live at home with mommy and daddy and collect welfair and the daddys will go out and make more babys for US to pay for!! Insted of a front page story they should have to wear a scarlet letter!! Shamefull girls just shamefull!! I bet your family's proud"
Spelling Lessons wrote on Aug. 11, 2007 12:42 p.m.: "Sitting here making ridiculous comments is a waste of space. You're mostly showing the reason we should all stay in school. People have the freedom to have children. Yes, some are stupid and they do rely on the government to take care of their children but not all people do. So unless you actually know these girls and know that they're are like that, you have no place to judge them. Besides that's not the only place that your tax dollars are going. What about the murderers and rapists in prison? We are paying for their housing. So we're all under the understanding our tax dollars get used for some bs but because you have nothing better to do than sit here trashing on people you don't know just because it's in the paper is just ignorant."
Gesh.. wrote on Aug. 11, 2007 12:48 p.m.: "There parants must be proud. 2 daugthers knocked up at the same time. That should boost the household income two fold welfair, wick, foodstamps, ADC, Free medical. No wonder the goverment is taking so much out of my checks. Yea the Reflector really put them in the spotlight. I can see nothing good coming from this."
Annie wrote on Aug. 11, 2007 3:06 p.m.: "Congratulations ladies! The miracle of birth and life is a wonderful gift to bestow. Ignore the other comments on here; they are just a bunch of close minded louts who have not a care past their pocketbooks, and are so bitter they would rather bash two young mothers and their children than send their well wishes. Best of luck!"