Food pantries on the rise at US college campuses

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  • Schnee Salt Lake City, UT
    March 16, 2014 9:22 a.m.

    @Baron Scarpia
    "we need more compassion for companies striving to help their underpaid employees"

    Well if their employees are underpaid they could just, you know... raise wages.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    March 16, 2014 6:55 a.m.

    This is a sad commentary on our society, but it is good to see students stepping up to solve a real problem among them.

    I read last year that Walmart had a food drive for its employees last Thanksgiving. It got a lot of negative publicity, but we need more compassion for companies striving to help their underpaid employees out in a time of great need.

    Pres. Obama wants to raise the minimum wage, but all that will do is hurt consumers and corporations. We need more people like these starving students stepping up to help each other and not be a burden on job creators.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 16, 2014 5:27 a.m.

    Nonsense. The fruits of "instant gratification" are blossoming.

    There is a lot of truth in the fact that college costs rising more than inflation every year for decades reflects a very real problem. But that is not all the problem.

    I bet that most of these "starving students" are not working a job to pay any of their tuition or food costs. I also bet that they are not new to the "handouts for life" lifestyle where their wants and needs are almost always a burden on someone else, not to be obtained by their own hard work.

    Why some of the poor dears actually have to pay for their own birth control!

    If they joined the military, they would be eligible for a substantial education benefit, as well as having the opportunity to save money to pay for other expenses.

    If they ate ramen and mac and cheese, and beans and rice, they will survive pretty cheaply. I bet they are also unwilling to forgo their smart phones, pizza and beer, sports events tickets, and other non-necessities.

    The best part of an education is that you need to work hard, but they are not being taught that.

  • freedomingood provo, Utah
    March 16, 2014 12:07 a.m.

    The educational system is completely ridiculous. It has nothing to do with education and all to do with preserving a class structure mentality.

    You can take a calculus or other course at courseradotcom from several highly regarded universities for free. The distribution cost is so close to nothing that it's not worth mentioning. Hundreds of thousands of people sign up and take these classes from all over the world, but you can't get a degree from the classes.

    It only proves that the college system could provide affordable educations if they wanted to. But they don't or the people controlling it don't want to. The vested interests like it just they way it is only they would prefer it to be even worse for the rest of us to make it better for themselves.

    What we lack in this country is selflessness and integrity. Getting rich and preserving their own advantages are the only values many people have.