- The Washington Times - Friday, August 26, 2011

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Several states are planning to participate in a pilot program that provides breakfast, lunch and snacks to every public school student regardless of family income as long as at least 40 percent of the district’s students are considered disadvantaged.

While some may see this as a wonderful way to ensure that all children receive the nutrition they require, I consider it another unsustainable, unwarranted and expensive entitlement program that removes a traditional duty of responsible parenting: supporting one’s children.

If the government is to provide cradle-to-grave care, catering to every want and need of the family, we send the message that family rearing is optional.

The American people are being hit over the head with the fact that the government has no money and is on the verge of insolvency. Why in heaven’s name would reasonable people seek to expand the “right” to raise a family at the expense of others?

OREN M. SPIEGLER

Upper Saint Clair, Pa.

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