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Free breakfast is a hit

September 21, 2013

FAIRMONT — Every weekday at 8:15 a.m., students at Fairmont Elementary are just sitting down to breakfast....

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Sep-26-13 10:51 AM

Please call to complain about the mis-use of the monies for this program; 517-373-4013. We have to expose this at a state level, then we can contact the USDA at the Federal level about this fraud.

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Sep-25-13 5:36 PM

GBBFAN, you are missing one crucial factor: Entitlements are by far and away the largest part of the federal spending pie. Defense spending is much smaller, and foreign aid - which I would have little trouble cutting, starting with aid we're paying to our enemies in hopes of buying their loyalties - is even smaller. The entitlement state is growing massively, and will bankrupt us far too soon. And you want to give it *more*?

Even if you were to zero out the defense budget, there still wouldn't be enough money there to pay for the social spending giveaways the "progressives" want.

And even if you were to confiscate the assets - not the income, the assets - of the hated 1%, it still wouldn't be enough.

So yes, you will run out of other people's money to spend. What will you do when that happens?

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Sep-25-13 2:00 PM

J Maynard poops his Tron suit

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Sep-25-13 12:44 PM

Let's say this as plainly as I can. These programs are funded by shifting money AWAY from the programs that used to be the pet projects of the conservative movement and INTO programs that are aimed at helping people. Example: less money to foreign aid and to military defense programs. America's poor is no poorer now, you are just mad that we're finally trying to help them instead of just saying "Oh well, guess you guys better figure things out - here, let me throw a bunch of public money at a war we don't need instead while you kids figure out where your next meal is coming from." If supporting our own infrastructure and improving the lives of the very people who will be paying your Social Security benefits is "Progressive" then so be it. Isn't that, by definition, PROGRESS?

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Sep-25-13 11:38 AM

WTF and Dickie, let me ask you two questions, straight out, and see if you're willing to answer them. Fair warning: I've never gotten a straight answer to either from a "progressive".

1) What are the limits of the legitimate power of government? Put another way, what can government not do?

2) What will you do when you run out of other people's money to spend?

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Sep-25-13 11:18 AM

This is something, all be it in a small sample size, is working and you want to cut it. How is it that the GOP despises social welfare programs, but encourage corporate welfare and there's zero outcry over the abuse of this?

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Sep-25-13 11:16 AM

Nice touch with the progressive and stupid comment. Going back to the name calling and insults is a great touch.

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Sep-25-13 8:49 AM

Only 3 months till Christmas. Anybody suppose the kids will get something better then crackers?? So true Wildthing & Blue!!!

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Sep-25-13 12:45 AM

You may not have heard about "hunger pains" when you were in school because kids, for fear of being labeled an outcast, would never say anything. I bet teachers could tell you who those kids were with high accuracy which kids are without proper nutrition. We can reflect on the 70's and take what we've learned from that period, but 2013 is a much much different time than any time in the 70's. And then right on cue there's the stereotyping of Democrats. And how all democrats want is to depend on the government for hand outs, blah blah blah. Same old song and dance. Please stop watching Fixed News and quit reading The Blaze.

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Sep-25-13 12:12 AM

Like I said: "HEY! What about weekends? Can we trust the parents to feed their kids on the weekends? Cradle-to-grave, cradle - to - grave... What a loser society we have become."

I don't remember going to school hungry. If I did it was because I didn't eat the Wheaties or Cherrio's my parents provided for me... I remember being hungry in high school because school meals sucked and my Mother refused to make a lunch for me. She said I was perfectly able to make my own sandwich -- since I refused school meals that she would pay for.

Cradle-to-grave... start'em young, and they will be Obama/ democrat voters for life.

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Sep-24-13 8:58 PM

How much money do we have to spend because worthless parents can't raise their own children properly?

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Sep-24-13 4:08 PM

I think wildthing poops his pants

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Sep-24-13 3:14 PM

Starve the poor! Feed the rich! 'Merica! My patience has run out for you tea party loons.

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Sep-24-13 2:10 PM

You could ask the "Where does it end" question on nearly anything. These are not able bodied adults who are simply mooching off the system. You're right this is more like a snack, compared to an actual breakfast, but it's working. Read about the teacher with the loop class. Her kids can concentrate on learning rather than dealing with hunger pains. Ending programs which serve a need will not encourage economic growth. The trickle down effect of lowering taxes so employers can hire more people is a farce. Instead of hiring, they'll watch their profits balloon while the middle to lower class fight a losing battle.

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Sep-24-13 12:16 PM

WTF- Where does it end? If we feed everyone breakfast, shouldn't we also have a boxed supper to send home with the kids as well? Why not for their parents too? In reference to your earlier post, if programs such as this--and many others--we're eliminated, taxes could be lowered and better paying jobs could be created. Treat the disease, not the symptom. I don't believe we should turn our back on the hungry, but the kids served by this program are not necessarily hungry. In addition, a juice box and cracker would not solve that issue.

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Sep-24-13 9:43 AM

First of all it's not the 70's anymore. The days of the family farms and being able to provide as you described are numbered. These are kids. Who don't have any grasp that this is some sort of handout....Even in the article teachers have said this has created a better classroom environment. If it's a better environment for the kids and they're able to focus and learn doesn't that seem like a good investment to make? But more simply put isn't it the right thing to do to put food in the mouths of the hungry? I've never read where Jesus said to tell the hungry to take a hike.

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Sep-24-13 12:22 AM

50% of the elementary school kids qualify for free and reduced lunch. THAT should be the alarming part for those complaining about FEEDING hungry kids. It should indicate that there should be more done in the area to create respectable paying jobs where families won't have to make the choice between eating or paying rent. For those of you who say cut the program, put yourself in the shoes of the person who has to look that 1st grader's in the eye and say I'm sorry, your not worth my taxpayer money to get something to eat, you'll have to go hungry.

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Sep-23-13 9:49 PM

GBB- I agree with your statement about differing perspectives being valid--if I recall, it was DickieVee that first made things nasty. I do not agree with the schools providing breakfast for everyone because it is not free. It is not being provided out of necessity per the description given in the article. My concern is that at some point difficult decisions must be made--by conservatives and liberals alike--around where the gov't will stop. We cannot continue deficit spending and accumulating unserviceable debt. Soon our dollar will not be accepted. Do you disagree?

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Sep-23-13 6:27 PM

GBB, thank you for being a voice of reason and sanity in this Sentinel land of mean-spiritedness.

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Sep-23-13 2:27 PM

"Necessary" is a relative term. I prefer to fund food for America's children before I prefer to fund military action in foreign countries. Just because my priorities are different does not make them any less valid or worthwhile. And if the majority of Americans are in favor of shifting where the dollars are being spent, then so be it. I'm so tired of reading these rants and raves from people who claim that I must be uneducated, stupid, or Anti-American (per the Communist comment) just because I don't share their world view of how our finances should be spent.

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Sep-23-13 1:31 PM

GBB, I am always moved by the generosity and caring that those on the left exhibit for others. My only complaint is that they should do it with THEIR OWN MONEY. It is easy to spend from the public coffers--donate your own after tax income and stop spending money that our country does not have on programs that are not necessary.

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Sep-23-13 12:24 PM

It is hilarious to read these posts- I just marvel every day at the vitriol and completely ridiculous statements that come out on these boards. It's always personal and it's always nasty. Why do you think there is such a movement to move AWAY from the politics of you people? Why do you think the "liberals" are being elected so sweepingly? It has nothing to do with hand outs and everything to do with wanting to CHANGE the tone of conservative, judgmental, anti-everything-except-that-which-personally-benefits-me-America. You made us, and now you hate us. Hilarious.

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Sep-23-13 7:07 AM

This just in: The government has announced it is going to created jobs that will be waiting for these kids. Each job will come with a good salary and free health care and it will have free breakfast provided each morning! Have a nice day.

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Sep-22-13 10:32 PM

I agree with DickieVee, and plan to vote Democrat straight down the line just to spite the rest of you all.

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Sep-22-13 9:33 PM

Dickie- Your response is interesting. Would taxpayers not funding this "free" breakfast result in the widespread starvation of children? I doubt it. Stopping unnecessary programs such as this would be a first step toward ending gov't intervention in areas that are the responsibility of families. I feed my own children. If a family needs help, let them get it and feed the kids before school. This will eliminate the taxpayer paying for it twice.

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