I am a retired police officer. The only reason that I mention that is because, over the years my heart has become pretty hard. I've seen the worst humanity has to offer and unfortunately gotten used to it. As I read the story about the children of parents who, for whatever reason, can't pay for their children's school lunches, I felt something on my cheek and suprisingly and somewhat embarrassingly found it to be a tear. I haven't cried in twenty years. The thought of a seven year old little girl or boy being pulled from a lunch line in front of his or her classmates and given a cheese sandwich to eat gives me a pain in my heart. I can't imagine the embarrassment that child must feel. I have never posted anything to the Internet before and probably won't again but this is just too much. I don't really give a rats behind why the parents can't pay for the lunch. It's not about the parents, it's about the kids. The kid didn't get to pick the parents, the circumstances, or for that matter the school. We have billions of dollars to give the auto industry to throw away to make new cars to replace the ones they can't sell now, bail out the crooked bankers and brokers on Wall Street, and for every other lame brained scheme that anyone can come up with but we can't feed our own children in our own public schools. Then on top of it you have people making comments about eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches when they went to school. I also imagine they walked five miles to school each day and it was uphill both directions. That has nothing to do with now. I really doubt if these same people who would deny children a good meal had to dodge bullets, gang members, and drug dealers on their five mile walk to school. As a country we ought to be absolutely ashamed of ourselves to expect the children to suffer for their parents or anyone else's sins. I'm neither Democrat nor Republican and I put most politicians on my list right under used car salesmen. You're about as likely to get the truth from either one. Our new president has worn out the word "change". Maybe it's time to actually make a change happen. This shouldn't be that hard to fix.
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