Opinion was spot on: People need to be personally responsible
October 4, 2009
To the Editor:
As I read Dr. Lurye’s opinion on “cigarettes, cell phones a privilege, an obligation, or a right?”, I have to say I was pleased that someone finally had the nerve to stand up and bring this problem to light.
I have recently retired from our local school district in the food service program after almost 20 years. I can’t tell you how many times I have complained about this problem. We have a very high rate of free and reduced-cost (lunch) children in our area as well. As a taxpayer I have never had a problem making sure these children get the proper nutrition they need to get them through their day. But it has also been a constant irritation to see the parents of these same children always seem to have enough money to buy cigarettes and alcohol, then let the taxpayers take on the responsibility of feeding their children.
I realize that not every parent falls into this category, and that there are people out there who really need help, but I also think it is time to say enough is enough.
Children need our help, but it is time parents become a little more responsible.