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    I knoe I will be in the minority here. I voted yes. I also feel that lunch should be treated like a class. Educate kids on nutrition and table manners
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    That's not a bad idea. Nutrition combined with good manners . . . works for me. My tax dollars are spent on less worthy causes.
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    @Denizen_Kate Who are we to judge others on what are and are not good manners?? After all, isn't that the whole argument behind cultural relativism?
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    @foodbaby

    Treat it just like Home Ec class in the old days. You have to help prepare what you eat, you have to help clean up. IF they administrators that run the current program are done away with, the salaries that they were paid would compensate nicely for any loss of the paid lunch money. It's never been a self sustaining system anyway.
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    The plan will cost the city $20 million, which would be reimbursed by the federal government under a program that gives all students free meals in high-poverty areas.

    So now my tax dollars are being used to provide free lunches to those children in New York City who probably have parents already getting food stamps to provide such meals.

    I've got no problem giving lunches to hungry students, but then those meals should be deducted from the EBT card budget for that family.
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    @CandleJack
    No but if they are getting benefits for food and they aren't packing lunches and receiving free lunches from other government programs then they can cut those meals out of the EBT cards.
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    @DrNickels the fact that they get benefits for food and receive free lunches for their kids is why they want to do it for everyone. Everyone gets a free lunch. Your kids would get the same benefits as theirs but its not enough to be equal, you just have to have that one up on the parents in the end.
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    Instead ask parents to donate toward the school lunch program and maybe even provide guidelines based on income... this is IMO a good investment in our future, making sure that all kids have access to at least one healthy mean a day.
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    NO, this money should be going to millionaires in the form of a tax cut. That would be the Christian thing to do!
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    @Poltal There are a lot thoughtful and loving people who call themselves Christians, I don't like it when people try to paint them all with the same brush anymore than when extremists try to pain all Muslims with the same brush.
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    @Poltal - C'mon, man, Mark has a point. Don't be the resident "left wing nut job" that the mean-tempered conservatives on Politix can point to and say "well, he's just as bad!"
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    @Denizen_Kate I was being facetious obviously! My point being that the same people who will whine about these kids getting lunch will also be the first to whine about christian vales garbage
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    @Poltal I understand, I just think it would be wise to remember that for most of those people... Christianity is nothing more than a stick with which they can beat people about the head, neck and shoulders.
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    If individual school districts decide to offer lunches paid for by the taxpayers in that district, that would be fine. Offering free lunches to every student everywhere, irreguardless of need, paid for by federal tax money, no. Parents should be the ones primarily responsible for their childrens lunches. I have no problem helping families in need, but training all kids to accept government handouts is wrong.
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    Better than taking the food stamps away from the poor, but it feels really crappy for a little kid to line up for charity while the other kids buy from the cafeteria. Maybe the more wealthy folks could buy their child's voucher and even, if so moved, donate to help another child. The New York example is inspiring -let us hope the program is run with wisdom and compassion. Hopefully, the progressive states will follow this example.
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    As if NY'ers weren't paying enough in taxes already, now they are going to make the entire tax base pay for it.

    I agree with the other poster that if the students are receiving taxpayer funded lunches, the money for such should be deducted from the parents EBT card. They are already being given taxpayer money for food. So what are they doing with it if NOT providing for the childrens' lunches???
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    Food for votes. Not new. Not the business of government. Charity belongs with the charitable -- not the taxpayer. Anything else spawns government overreach, abuse and domination.
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    Bad idea. NYC schools are some of the worst in the country and they want to use more of their scant resources to provide services to people who don't need them?

    The stigma of reduced and free lunches? My BS detector is buzzing loudly here. Nobody in my daughter's school knows who gets free or reduced price lunches. Each student has an account that works like a debit card. They punch in their pin and the amount is deducted from their account. So tell me....who is going to know who is depositing money into the account.
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    Feed one - feed them all - no let us start the debate on kosher, vegan, vegetarian, etc.!
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    I know in the county where I live we all pay around $20 to 25 a year...and we don't have this "school lunch mess"...even though my daughters are grown and I have no kids of my own in school, I have friends and relatives that do and it's probably the one tax that actually goes where I don't mind.
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    Mostly, I say yes. Public school children should get free lunches. However, that is a taxpayer expense. I find it to be a worth while expense since those kids will become your future no matter what. On the other hand though, the money has to come from somewhere and I believe the only way this nation will economically grow is with reduced taxes. Taxes should be cut in other places to make room for this.
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    It further enables generational poverty, and conditions youth into lifelong dependency like pets. But then, public schools are becoming more like deluxe welfare programs, anyway. So why not go all in?
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