Letter: Shameful bribery in Granville

Jul. 05, 2014 @ 11:27 PM

To the editor:

As a parent of two high school students enrolled in Granville County Schools, I was disturbed at receiving an email notification about “free lunches” provided throughout the summer to kids ages 2 to 18, Monday through Friday at various school locations. The parents of the children receiving such lunches are apparently not required to contribute anything toward the cost of the lunches their children receive.

First and foremost, there is no such thing as a “free” lunch; taxpayers bear the cost of that food and its distribution. It is shocking that in this era of ever-growing enticements to become dependent on government assistance; that the Granville County school district has agreed to what is tantamount to bribery: We’ll provide “free” school lunches, ratcheting-up the community’s dependency on government assistance, in exchange for the future votes needed to continue to expand the government.

Why stop at lunches? Why not provide three meals a day for every child between the ages of 2 to 18 throughout Granville County? Surely, we do not want to burden parents with the real life financial responsibility of providing for their own children. I shutter at the thought of the systematic steering of the populace toward our school buildings for every kind of government dependency, while education increasingly becomes a distant second priority to socialism. Shame on all of us for allowing this neo-enslavement of dependency rather than self-sufficiency.

Laura Darr

Oxford