Truthdig Thursday


Legal, Lunch Money Bullies.

In Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, an area with a poverty rate of 13.8 percent, about 1,000 families received letters in August warning that unless their arrears were paid in full, they could be taken to Dependency Court for negligence. “The result may be your child being removed from your home and placed in foster care,” threatened the missive, which was sent a month before the 2019-2020 school year began. The total owed, the district reported, was more than $22,000.

Meanwhile, in Richfield, Minnesota, where arrears totaled almost $20,000, 40 Richfield High School students — some of whom owed as little as $15 in meal fees — were given cold sandwiches after their hot lunches were tossed in the trash.

This phenomenon is so pervasive that it has a name: lunch shaming. It refers to a particular set of humiliating behaviors, most typically verbal taunts or threats, that are lobbed by school personnel after a caretaking adult falls behind in paying for a child’s breakfast, lunch or after-school snack. It can take a variety of forms and sometimes targets the blameless child and sometimes targets the adults, both of whom are victims of penury.

Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout

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14 Responses to Truthdig Thursday

  1. Micki says:

    What a country!

    This is how we “make America great again” ???

    I recall last April when legislation was introduced — the ANTI-LUNCH SHAMING ACT OF 2019

    It’s a sorry state of affairs when the country that claims (boasts) that it is the best country on the planet, needs legislation for “anti-shaming.”

    Of course, the bills have not passed…they languish while Congress fritters away their time being divisive, incompetent, inept, partisan, non-productive, vindictive, ineffective, arrogant, contrarian, worthless, inefficient…

    We’re doomed.


  2. Micki says:

    Well…they were wrong again.

    Temp went up to 39º F earlier today and I was ecstatic that the thermometer was moving in the predicted direction … then, down it went to 30º F and IT IS SNOWING AGAIN!

    Even this shall pass….


  3. David B. Benson says:

    Up to Bryan Hall in 19 minutes. The upper part of the B Street sidewalk had been cleared of ice. But alas, the event schedule had changed so that the school buses could start home early. So back to the Hillside Cafe in 22 minutes of stick walking.


  4. Den says:

    A HUGE dustcloud rolled in and hung around for 2 hours, 1/4 mile visibility.
    No going outside, contemplating using a filter mask if I have to.


    • °¿º arol says:

      You left the Sacramento area because of heat and fires and traded that in for dust and cold. Cold, easy to take, but dust storms? Clouds of dust? You may have to wear a mask, the dust will get in anywhere air gets in. Can’t wait to see how your first year there goes, if dust is a constant, or not.


    • David B. Benson says:

      Den, BLM is allowing overgrasing so there aren’t enough plant roots to hold the dirt down. Talk to your mayor about how to complain to the BLM.


  5. °¿º arol says:

    That’s right, we all say we’re going to the show, or went to the show. I’ve never said I’m going to the movies, or the theater.

    And it’s pop alright. A soda is something we could get at a drug store counter back in the 50s and 60s. At Norton Drugs in Lincoln Park where I grew up my favorite was a Lemon Soda. Sodas are pop with ice cream in it.

    Detroit, being the home of Vernors’ Ginger Ale, the big hit at soda fountains were Boston Coolers. Ice Cream in Vernors. Mmm.


  6. °¿º arol says:

    Seems a snow storm is heading here tomorrow. Shoot. Might be my first big shoveling job.


  7. °¿º arol says:

    I watched the Lev Parnas interview on Maddow last night. He threw everyone under the bus. Trump, Pence, Barr, Nunes, etc. With everyone guilty of assisting Trump in his crimes, Pelosi should be president.

    Perfect English, thought Lev was from Ukraine, so I googled him. He was born there and his parents moved here with him when he was 3 years old. Hence, perfect English. Part 2 of the interview is tonight at 9:00 p.m.


  8. Den says:

    Rule #16, Always exercise caution when prancing in public:


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