LETTER: We have bigger issues than PBJ sandwiches

Mar. 19, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

To the Editor:

I would like to respond to the letter from Joyce [Smith] in Saturday’s [Herald], Feb. 15, 2014.

First of all, I don’t understand how making suggestions for the schools becomes dictating.

Second, what is wrong with peanut butter sandwiches, or any sandwich, if it is cost effective? I grew up poor but was the richest kid I knew. I had eight brothers and five sisters, loving parents and schools that treated you like students instead of pawns. Teachers taught because they wanted us to learn, not for the money in teaching.

Peanut butter was what we could afford, so we loved it. Not to mention, it’s probably better for the kids than the frozen, processed foods they are getting in the schools now. Schools used to make homemade food, not buy frozen processed foods. Whatever happened to living within our means?

Maybe instead of electronics doing the teaching in our schools, we get back to basics. I was upset that my granddaughter had a reading assignment in first grade, with improper grammar, telling a baby to shut its face. I think we have bigger problems than peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

Wendy Smith


(Editor’s note: Wendy Smith is the wife of Lee County Commissioner Kirk Smith.)