EditorRecently my senior English students completed an argumentative research assignment. The assignment was to find something in the community they felt needed to change, research it and present an argument for or against it. A group of students addressed the issue of food stamps, which is now one of the many federal programs threatened with substantial cuts. Their research led them to four fairly simple suggestions that would cut costs, yet not substantially increase the manpower needed to run the program. They are: require applicants to do applications face to face rather than online because reading body language is essential to determine if someone is lying or not; do not allow someone to automatically qualify because he/she says he is homeless; do not allow food stamps to be used for non-food items and non-nutritious items, and only accept food stamps at "real" grocery stores, not convenience stores where the prices are much higher.