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Letters to the editor — Thursday (3-20-2014)

Regarding the mayors luncheon and the inspiring East Lakes, Drew School presentation afterwards:
The question is, are the leaders willing to initiate change? The fear of change has been Salisbury’s challenge. I have always felt that the potential has not been close to achieved. Unrealized potential leads to frustration and division. People fight each other. Sound familiar? Not enough to go around, when there is more available for all. I believe there has been a small united group that is satisfied with what they have, so “what is your problem?”
I have heard too many times the following regarding student performance: “We are doing the best we can with what we have to work with.”
— John Leatherman
Salisbury
Regarding the March 19 letter from W.F. Owens (“Indicting Obama”):
I don’t see how a responsible newspaper can print this vitriol. I got into the fray a number of months ago, trying to repudiate such lies and innuendos but decided to discontinue the back and forth because no matter what, they will have the last word, and I was not going to get into that kind of discourse with these people.
I thought there were standards that newspapers followed, where they don’t print slander.
— Juliet Connery
Salisbury
Let me just rant about one thing real quick. I was in the lunch line today at my high school and there was a kid in front of me who had a full tray of food. The top bun of his sandwich fell off, and he went back and asked the lunch lady if she could give him another bun. She gave him this really weird look, asked for his tray, and she proceeded to throw the entire tray in the trash. She then made him a new tray, and he went on and paid for his food.
How ridiculous is that? Is it that hard to give him some bread, which is maybe worth a couple cents? Instead of doing that, she wasted maybe three whole dollars worth of food. This is cliche, but it could have been given to a kid who can’t afford food. But instead she just threw it all away when it had nothing wrong with it.
How many stories have circulated in the news recently citing children being denied lunch because of a negative balance on their account or not being able to pay? You won’t feed a hungry kid who can’t pay, but you can afford to throw away a perfectly good tray of food?
I’d love to know how much this is done during the course of the school day around the county and how much money is being absolutely, unnecessarily wasted.
— Taylor Smith
Woodleaf

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