June 1, 2012: Our readers write

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No such thing as a free lunch

The headline in the Wednesday edition, "Breakfast to be free in HCS schools," is part of the deficit spending problem in the U.S. and is typical of the "socialist" mindset.

The article states that funding is through the “Provision Two program of the National School Lunch Act” for up to four years.

It appears taxpayers are footing the bill for more than 50 percent of Hardin County residents who can afford to feed their children — at a time when the federal government is deeply in debt.

There is no free lunch. Either the federal government pays the bill (taxpayers) or if (when) this program is not funded, the Hardin County Schools board will raise taxes on our utilities, property, etc., to continue the program. 

This illustrates the deficit spending problems in Congress, when our local school board fails to understand the problem and just “feeds” at tax- payer expense.

Joan Waldrop



Greed still the root of all evil

Wall Street operatives would have Americans believe that everything we have been, are, and forever will be, we owe to Wall Street, the rich. It is the height of arrogance and simply not true. Greed, the prime generator of wealth, is immoral.

Money is not bad, being rich is not necessarily bad, but greed still is the main source of most evil.

Greed, power and ego mixed together are a lethal combination. If America is to thrive and survive, we must shake off the arrogance that greed breeds and replace it with a new morality — genuine compassion and humility.

Perhaps what we have been, are, and forever will be we owe to our nation’s sanitation workers who collect our mountains of trash. Without ego, they humbly do their jobs.  If they didn’t, there would be no Wall Street, no Main Street, no life.

Paul L. Whiteley Sr.