Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Anchorage School Board Votes 6-1 To Expand The Free School Meals Racket; Don Smith The Lone Dissenter

No one was really surprised by this. On Monday August 6th, 2012, the Anchorage School Board voted 6-1 to approve a contract for boxed meals at 12 after-school programs for at-risk kids. The lone dissenter was Don Smith, who previously decried the proposal as expanding the entitlement mentality in our society.

Alaska Dispatch published a more elaborate response from Smith. In response to this e-mail question from a reporter, "So, you're saying children should go hungry if they were unlucky enough to be born to no-good parents? I assume this means you're in favor of encouraging rotten parents to get abortions so they don't have even more children to abuse?", Smith wrote the following:

"No, I'm not in favor of starving kids or causing parents to 'get abortions.' You should seriously spend a little time investigating this issue. I believe that the standards are low and that in many schools everyone is entitled to 'Free' meals regardless of their economic situation. Because this is 'Free' money -- there is little oversight. It's no wonder that America is in such a financial crisis. Imagine what this one national program costs us! Instead of just giving and giving...maybe we should encourage some method of review and control. Maybe parents should have to pay back -- by spending one evening cleaning at the school -- or some other task. Just a thought!"

Yet this was not sufficient to dissuade the other six school board members from approving the contract, which was outlined in ASD Memorandum #19. The contractor will provide free after-school boxed meals for so-called "at risk" kids at 12 different Title I schools at a cost of $526,915. The funding is supplied by taxpayers via the federal government; no Anchorage property tax dollars are used. School Board President Jeannie Mackie explained the affirmative vote, saying "If it means providing an after school snack to kids who are already at risk who don't have maybe the best environment to go home to after school and get a meal, then that's what we need to do if we have those funds available".

But what this also means is that some of these so-called "at-risk" kids will now be getting all three meals per day supplied by the school at taxpayer expense. Whatever happened to the good old days when schools were only expected to provide an education?

The real problem may not be so much the existence of the program, but its scope. The professed target are "economically disadvantaged" students. But there's a big difference between being merely "economically disadvantaged" vs. being poor or destitute. This theme was picked up by former school board candidate David Nees in a comment posted to KTUU:

David Nees · Anchorage, Alaska
I doubt growing up in 1940's anchorage like Don Smith had a lot it was hard scrabble back then. We have a 5% poverty level in Anchorage and a 42% free/reduced lunch participation rate. I think that is exactly the 38% of the kids he was talking about. We really only have 5% that need it, the rest have figured out where the free stuff is.

Nees' idea is that most of these kids should get a reduced-price meal rather than a free meal; free meals should be reserved only for the destitute. Should the social safety net merely ensure survival, or should it allow the poor to live a full-fledged middle class lifestyle? Should taxpayer funds be used to pay the Levi Johnsons of society to spew their seed into anything with two legs without requiring them to take responsibility for the outcome?


  1. Anchorage School Board**Corpse-oration.Yes people they are a corpse-oration.You don't really believe they give a rats ass if kids go hungry do you? They want to rob more of your money.(They call it tax)
    They are all flim-flamers.

    Why don't you people(who really care) find out who the CEO of Anchorage School Board Corpse-oration is.
    Who the main stockholders are.

    Yes people there is a CEO and there are stockholders.

    And then if you want to have some fun,see what you can find out about your Direct Treasury Account worth millions of $. that the Corporations don't want you to know about.Keeping us poor is the name of their game.
    (Beware, they have all been trained to deny,deny,deny.)Just a heads up.

    No need of free lunch if we all had our money.

    Organize and take back what is lawfully yours.

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  3. Some of today's nonsense reminds me of "the great toilet paper scare" of 1987. I went to the local market to buy some toilet paper only to find the shelves empty. The manager explained that there was a run on the item due to some radio mouth mentioning that production had temporarily ceased. While he was explaining, a dozen frantic people scurried about aghast at the lack of t.p. for their t.t. and p.p. I shrugged and bought a few boxes of Puffs. Before I could turn toward the checkout, a woman poked me and asked my opinion -- usually something best left unasked -- about the "shortage of paper". I pointed out to her that the shelves were full of napkins, towels, coffee filters, and kleenex and if the need arose, the newspaper racks were also full. "Yes, but I need toilet paper!", she yodeled. completely missing the point. I guess brains are not for thinking. Just something to keep your skull from imploding.

  4. I remember watching it in elementary school, in the late 90s. It was really scary, talking about sliding under the bus, and had actual simulations of kids under the bus and being run over, and all sorts of emergencies. I can't seem to find it online, I was hoping it might be.. Also, I don't know if everyone used the same video or if it was by school district, but this was the Anchorage School District. Thanks!

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