Throughout the recent Tacoma teachers strike, we read continuously that the ongoing school closure was cutting off students from receiving school breakfasts and lunches, leaving them hungry.
I acknowledge that the strike has caused great inconvenience for affected families and that various organizations stepped up to feed and care for kids. But to say that parents would not be able to feed their children is ridiculous. A breakfast of cereal and milk or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and fruit for lunch is not expensive, and most people would agree.
I was disappointed in The News Tribune for using an emotional tactic to elicit response. The real shame, however, is that no parent wrote in to refute the hunger argument or, even worse, that they believe the government is better equipped to feed their children than they are.