This is in response to the Aug. 30 letter about free school lunches. Well, lady, let me tell you this: we are not in the same times you grew up in, if you have not noticed. Groceries do not cost the same. It is almost cheaper to buy a $29 smart phone from Dollar General than it is to feed your family for a week from Walmart, Dollar General, or Food Lion. The assistance cards that you see being used, you are not sure if that is from the government or if that is child support. You are speculating. What you should be complaining about is why do criminals in jail get free three squares a day off the taxpayer dime, why do they get Blue Cross and dental coverage? Your anger is geared in the wrong direction. We are not feeding these kids’ parents, we are feeding the kids, and if we expect the Eastern Shore to grow, we have to give these kids every chance to do so, starting with a meal so that they can function while in class. We should stop worrying about what others are doing and focus on making the Eastern Shore the best place it can be. That is why the Eastern Shore is so underdeveloped, because helping someone is a crime in these parts. I am glad these kids are able to get free lunch. It’s a help for most of Eastern Shore’s children that live with their grandparents who may not feel like cooking breakfast due to their age or their moms have to leave home at 5 a.m. to go to work, so no, they did not get a packed lunch. Maybe she has not had a chance to buy groceries. You have no idea what a person’s personal situation is so you should not comment on it. If you don’t want to contribute, move, but I do not think these kids should suffer when we are going to be taxed for something else in it’s place. I’d rather it be for the kids than for something else.
Terra Custis, Exmore