2-7 Letters to the Editor

February 7, 2014 

Dear Editor:

I don't know how many of you have seen in the news about the meals of school children in Utah taken away from them and thrown away. I know what I would like to do to someone who would not only feed the children, but humiliate them in front of their peers. The reason was “negative lunch balances.”

Maybe people in the Fourth District of should check their schools out and see how their lunch programs are done. My wife and I got interested in this over a year ago because of what Harvesters does for children who do not have enough food for the week end, and they fix lunch bags for them to take home.

What we found at Archie was a very dedicated superintendent in Dr. Smith. He is so interested in kindergartners through sixth graders, who do not realize whether their lunch is paid or not. Does anyone know what happens to children who have not the money to pay for their lunches? Maybe is is time for everyone in their communities to find out what happens.

Here in Archie, the administration is very sensitive to the needs of the children. Children who do not have money to pay for lunches cannot go on field trips, or do other things that the children who are paid up do. A student can not legally graduate if this balance is negative. After talking to the administration of this school I know Archie is very blessed with who runs their school. I will add that Dr. Smith has nothing to do with this letter and my views on the needy people in this community.

Our Fourth District Representative “brags” in some of her newsletters of how much Archie schools mean to her. I wonder if she is aware of the needy people in this whole district who need assistance with such things as school lunches. I wonder if she ever had to worry about a “negative” account in her lunch fund. After trying very hard to cut $40 billion dollars out of SNAP (food stamps) for the needy, I don't think that a millionaire who doesn't care for the needy understands anything about school lunch programs. Also, thank your school administrators who have to work so hard not just teaching, but has lunch programs to worry about.

Dr. Smith, my wife and I are appreciative of you and the office help in directing us last year in the assistance you needed.

George Wheeldon

Archie

Dear Editor:

This year is the 10th anniversary of the Go Red for Women movement. It’s more important than ever before for women to stand side-by-side to end heart disease.

It’s time to shout louder, stand stronger and demand change. It’s time for even more women to Go Red.

More than 627,000 women’s lives have been saved. But the fight is far from over. Because this No. 1 killer is still taking the lives of our loved ones and because heart disease is taking a woman’s life every minute. Heart disease strikes more women than men, and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. The symptoms of heart disease can be different in women versus men, and are often misunderstood.

Heart disease in women requires more attention, more research and swifter action. With the right information, education and care, heart disease can be treated, prevented and even ended.Together, we can end heart disease. Join me, and millions of other women across the country by wearing a red, our public symbol of the fight, on National Wear Red Day – Friday, Feb. 7.

We must not be silent. Raise your voice.

Keri Mathew

Go Red Ambassador

Harrisonville

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