Editor’s note: Below are more Forum comments about the “cheese sandwich” policy controversy at Whitfield County Schools.
“Boy! The Forum sure was cheesy Wednesday.”
“Parents have a responsibility to see that their child’s needs are met. They can pack their child a lunch. Lunch money is not the only thing the children are sent to school without. The number without pencil and paper is amazing. Parents, step up and take care of your child.”
“It is the parent’s responsibility to feed their children. Not the school or the government. They can take a homemade lunch to school. Even cheese sandwiches.”
“Mr. Editor, do we have any say on school decisions? Or are those decisions simply dictated by the school? I’ve talked numerous times to the school board only to have Mr. Fordham glare at me or laugh at me while I’m talking. Is there some kind of process we can go through besides elections to find new leadership for our kids? Our county schools are suffering. The cheese sandwich issue isn’t even scratching the surface. We need to do something.”
“To the person referring to us as ‘a Third World country,’ why don’t you contribute to the huge charges? That is the problem. A lot of people think it is everyone else’s place to pay for this. Cut politicians and central office pay! Why is it their place to pay for charges from other families? I am sure Dalton city or Whitfield County would accept any money you would like to donate. I work for Dalton Public Schools and hate that there is not a way to deal with this without going through the students. Please advise if you have a real solution or are ready to dig deep.”
“Maybe any child whose parents can’t afford to buy school lunches should eat cheese sandwiches. Why should those families who actually try to pay their way in life get a slap in the face with a cheese sandwich by the school board? I bet there would be a lot more sandwiches being handed out if they did it this way.”
“I would like to respond to school board chairman Fordham’s ‘We are not a bank’ comment. I would like to say that ‘I am not a bank,’ but the school taxes that my husband and I pay make us feel like one, and we don’t even have children. If our school system wasn’t so overloaded with the children of illegal immigrants that our tax dollars educate and feed free of charge then we would not be having this discussion.”
“Pay for your kid’s dang lunches, and shut up whining!”
“Nothing better than a hot grilled cheese sandwich with mustard.”
“Drop the ‘personal responsibility’ visage, greedy folks. Students can’t pay attention and can’t learn if they’re hungry. Meals are an important part of education and might be the only decent food some students get each day. If you think children should go hungry to teach them a lesson, you’re a jerk.”
“The school systems need to learn from their northeastern U.S. counterparts — cut the school days in half. A morning session for one group and an afternoon session for another group of kids. This way you get around having to feed them lunch. 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day.”
“I can’t believe that not one person commented about the fact that most of the cheese eaters made the decision to spend their lunch money on something other than their lunch. Why wouldn’t they? After all, they were still getting lunch and blowing their lunch money.”
“Why is it so hard for a Republican-controlled county to take control of their own children’s lunch money budget? On Monday morning lunch money for the week is due. The debt limit is reached when you didn’t pay for last week. Now I understand where Congress learned.”
“I am considering running for president. Concerning cheese sandwiches for children whose parents have fallen behind on paying for lunch, if I fall behind on paying for my house I lose my house. My platform is do the same thing with welfare and food stamp recipients. Take away their cards and feed them cheese sandwiches. I appreciate your vote in 2016. Thank you, America.”
“I don’t know what you guys are freaking out about. I gotta tell ya, a cheese sandwich sounds pretty good right about now.”
“Why has the newspaper not printed anything about those irresponsible children who received lunch money from their honest, loving, hard-working parents and decided to waste the money on other things like gas, phone/texting minutes, cigarettes, candy, drugs, alcohol and other stupid things that kids do? All children aren’t angels, some are just kids.”
“As a retired educator, I can honestly say that I never allowed a child to go without a hot school lunch, regardless of how many charges he/she had. When this occurs, it isn’t the child's fault, it is the parents’ fault. School administrators can document this nonpayment, and once enough documentation has occurred, they can make a referral for child neglect, particularly if the parents refused to apply for free/reduced lunches.”
“With the recent controversy over schools I look to the teaching from the prophet Roger Waters: ‘Hey, teach. Leave them kids alone.’”
"My childern would have stood in line for hours for grilled cheese sandwiches. Good idea, Daily Citizen!"
"Hummus, raw veggies and juice would be a much healthier and cheaper alternative to the cheese sandwich and milk."