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Make Your Own Lunch

September 7, 2013

To The Reader’s Forum: Why are we giving free lunches and breakfasts to school children? We always think these programs are free but actually the taxpayers are the ones who are paying....

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Brianmel

Sep-07-13 4:58 AM

Well said, and i agree 100%

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50s4ever

Sep-07-13 5:44 AM

And here come the loonies.....children will go hungry! You hate children! You're racists! The sorriest part is in the Summer when they feed all kids free regardless of income. A school board should not be allowed to use tax dollars that way.

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imfedup

Sep-07-13 7:07 AM

Should we be subsidizing the lunches of children of parents pulling down $100,000 or more per year with tax dollars of people making $20,000 per year? Have we gone nuts in this country?

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carlaw

Sep-07-13 7:14 AM

Yeah Irene! Food Stamps should be reduced for families with children who eat breakfast and lunch in school. They can be increased in the summer for 2 months if the kids are not receiving meals. That is double dipping. The grocery stores benefit the most from SNAP or the food stamp program. They only people with full carts have benefit cards.

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carlaw

Sep-07-13 7:15 AM

the only people not they

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SCALLYWAG

Sep-07-13 9:13 AM

Problem is most of those so called parents probably don't have the ability or memory to feed themselfs. There is a big chunk of real dirt balls out there that have herds of kids that are on there own. I'm no liberal but I sure have a giant space in my heart for these kids. It's not there fault. Problem is they will grow up just like mom. Dad has probably never even been in the picture. These kids have no chance from the day they were born. For those cheating the system making 100 k that's our fault. Please don't put this on the backs of these little guys and gals. They try hard enough each day trying to find clean clothes a clean livable bedroom piece in there life's and someone that will love them. A little food in there bellies we can help them. This article was written with a perfect world in mind. These kids have survival skills most of us never even have to consider. All they ask for is a hug and someone to love them.

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Jamestownite

Sep-07-13 9:38 AM

Here goes the whiners whining about all the wrong stuff again. Getting mighty stuffy in here. Maybe it's high time to limit how many kids one can have. China does it.

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SCALLYWAG

Sep-07-13 9:48 AM

Yes I'm all about sterilization of the dirt balls. Hitler tried it and how did that work out. The china thing you speak of only 2 kids is only american misinformation. What is the penalty for an extra kid or 5. China is a big country. They even have farmers with huge families to sustain the farm. Misinformation is a killer. Feed the children you cold hearted bass terd

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50s4ever

Sep-07-13 10:27 AM

Evidently the 1950's was a perfect world in small town America. No cafeterias necessary. Imagine the cost savings on building a school without a cafeteria added to the 11.2 billion spent on lunch programs. My generation was decidedly better.

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50s4ever

Sep-07-13 10:30 AM

If a teacher can find time to report a kid for having a picture of a gun, or complaining of male parts in the girls room, she can report parent not providing lunches.

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cjb4560

Sep-07-13 11:02 AM

I have stated this before, people on the SNAP program are given money to feed their children three meals plus a day, why then are they receiving 2 free meals a day, double dipping the system. Pack your children lunches they will most likely be healthier. The cost saving of not having a full service would be huge!

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Jamestownite

Sep-07-13 11:13 AM

Too many naive people here. It's ok you don't agree..you don't have to be right

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SCALLYWAG

Sep-07-13 11:46 AM

I agree with every comment here about saving money and the dirt balls have already been given the money for this purpose. Problem being they have already spent it on drugs and alcohol, and cigarettes at $10.00 per pack. The kids are the ones who suffer. Its not there fault there parents are losers. Little kids that cant defend them selves and are helpless.

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SCALLYWAG

Sep-07-13 11:46 AM

I agree with every comment here about saving money and the dirt balls have already been given the money for this purpose. Problem being they have already spent it on drugs and alcohol, and cigarettes at $10.00 per pack. The kids are the ones who suffer. Its not there fault there parents are losers. Little kids that cant defend them selves and are helpless.

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SCALLYWAG

Sep-07-13 11:48 AM

good night your comments are worthless

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50s4ever

Sep-07-13 12:07 PM

We had no fat kids. No starving kids. Everybody knew who might be too poor to have a good lunch. We shared. Heck, by high school, all the girls were on diets, and still got a big farm lunch packed anyway...I never had to bring one after freshmen year.

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SCALLYWAG

Sep-07-13 12:50 PM

50s 90% of the time I agree with you but on this one its not about you. There are some kids in the drug infested city that have it pretty rough by no fault of there own.

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SCALLYWAG

Sep-07-13 12:55 PM

how are all of the disagrees possible? What a bunch of self serving sons a guns. My children never went one time with out a meal. They are the fortunate ones. This whole thing makes me sick and you a holes should all be ashamed of yourselves if you cant have compassion for hunger little children F all of you

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Jazzie

Sep-07-13 1:47 PM

At least the Chinese have jobs because we keep sending whatever jobs we have left over there.

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Lizbeth

Sep-07-13 2:14 PM

Good letter, Irene(family friend of my Mom). I agree with you, Irene.

Scallywag, kids deserve to eat. You are right.But, don't give the funds to the bad parents to manage. Just use a small percentage of what is being wasted ,now, to establish and organize soup kitchens with purchased and donated foods for big pots of nutritious soups, bowls of greens, and whole wheat rolls. A top businessman: a cutting edge nutritionist; and a truly sterling clergyman would populate the governing board. Alternatively, all operating funds could be from completely private sources.

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Jamestownite

Sep-07-13 4:11 PM

Just what we need more soup kitchens...a Mecca for volunteer - or cheap labor.

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FedUpL8ly

Sep-07-13 4:36 PM

Scally, what you say about the kids is true but you completely miss the point of others who disagree with you. They probably have every bit as much compassion as you, but unlike you, they're asking for policies that demand some accountability on the part of poor parents. In a system that is all too eager to go after parents home schooling their children (with good lunches at home at no cost to taxpayers) you'd think a good, honest government would spend some time going after lousy parents instead. If a family is on SNAP and they can't feed their kids properly, have a policy their kids will be taken away AND they lose all SNAP benefits.

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HenryH

Sep-07-13 6:21 PM

50s, I hate to tell you the secret but it your generation that screwed it all up for your children and their children. The 1950s had all sorts of problems but since you only remember white, rural, protestant America you never see the underlying problems. So thanks 50s! Thanks for screwing it all for our grandchildren and great grandchildren so you could live high on the hog in your smuggle, rose-colored little world.

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HenryH

Sep-07-13 6:25 PM

Peanut Gallery, you do know that the US's economy is consumption based and we want to have an ever growing population? Your comments about sterilisation and a 1-child policy (btw, it has led to rampant issues of gender imbalance). Who is going to be judge and jury to decide who is allowed to breed? Do you call yourselves Conservative? That is appalling!

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HenryH

Sep-07-13 6:31 PM

The Author clearly has no civic pride or understanding of the issues facing our marginalized. The vast majority of children who get free food do so because they would not come to school or be successful in school without the nutrition. While their parents are culpable, many are unable to break the cycle of poverty especially in our town which has significant economic challenges.

I'm continue to be saddened by people like Irene who treat poverty as if it is a choice and that people are able to somehow pull themselves out of poverty. This is a fallacy put forth as standard of living has had significant downward pressure since the early 70s. Our town has been in decline for 50 years or more and you can see evidence of it as you compare pictures from the '30s, '40s, and on.

Please gain a bit of perspective! Understand that helping the children and being kind to them may be the only help they get. Without it they certainly will not be able to break their own poverty cycle.

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