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Monday November 29th

Letter: ​Column ignored facts on education

TO THE EDITOR:

Cameron Jernigan shows a fundamental ignorance of federal government roles in “We must stand with our schools.”

Mr. Jernigan writes that House Bill 610 “effectively begins the process of defunding public schools completely.” Education is not a constitutional role of our federal government, it is the role of the states. Mr. Jernigan further laments that the bill would repeal federal “nutritional requirements for school breakfast and lunch.”

Feeding children breakfast is not one of Washington’s constitutional roles, it is the role of their parents or local communities. In countless ways, Washington inappropriately involves itself in roles that belong to states, counties, municipalities, churches, charities and parents. This redundant and wasteful involvement explains why the federal government is (nearing) $20 trillion in debt. That’s about $60,000 per American — and it’s growing rapidly.

Guess who will shoulder that debt when the baby boomers have retired? Today’s young people — and their children.

David R. Snyder

Cary

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