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Editorial: The tradeoff for getting kids to eat in school

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The Schenectady school district’s free-for-all lunch program is surely the simplest way to deal with a sad fact of life: Some parents are so embarrassed by their family’s meager income that they’d rather let their kids go hungry than fill out the form necessary to let them get a federally subsidized school lunch. As detailed in Friday’s Gazette story, Schenectady parents will no longer have to fill out a form; all kids in the district ...


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wmarincic
August 21, 2013
6:31 a.m.

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So you are saying that roughly 80 percent of the families in Schenectady are below the poverty line. How does one turn a thriving economy into a ghetto in 30 years? Democrats.

jjhehir
August 21, 2013
3:23 p.m.

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“Some parents are so embarrassed by their family’s meager income that they’d rather let their kids go hungry than fill out the form necessary to let them get a federally subsidized school lunch. “Really? That’s not the problem. The problem is that this broke federal government is obsessed with throwing away taxpayers’ money to whomever and whenever it can.

birmy
August 21, 2013
4:15 p.m.

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I thought the money spent on the food stamp program was to enable parents to afford to feed kids. The shift of responsibilities from parents to government is not going to end well for anyone. If parents are not feeding their kids the question becomes are they preparing them at home for the new Common Core Standards?

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