The article that followed the headline "Utah falling behind" (Jan. 21) was most telling.
Sandra Riesgraf, of the Jordan School District, said "the district couldn't be more thrilled" about an increased demand for serving breakfasts to students. Gina Cornia, happily announced that if Utah schools can provide 640,000 more breakfasts, "that would bring...15.5 million more [federal dollars] into this state." There are even new ways of serving breakfasts: in the classroom, grab-and-go before school starts or breakfast on the bus.
One happy mother said, "It's just one less thing I have to worry about as I get them ready and rush them to school."
We love children. We have been school teachers, PTA supporters and officers. We are grandparents and donate to homeless shelters and the food pantry. But we are sickened that headlines and school guidelines say to parents, If you are too busy or if you find it difficult to stretch your pay check, you needn't feed your children breakfast. We'll do it for you.
We cannot begin to untie the Gordian Knot that binds our nation's economy by increasing the number of families dependent upon the government.
Richard and Sharell Eames