Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

April 24, 2013

Delegate’s comment on bill appalling

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

— — It is appalling that in this day and age that an elected West Virginia official would express the sentiments expressed by Republican Delegate Ray Canterbury. His disgusting comments were in opposition to the recent House vote to approve a bill that would “try and ensure that no school child is denied a meal because of cost.” (Bluefield Daily Telegraph, April 13). He said, “If they miss a lunch or they miss a meal they might not, in that class that afternoon, learn to add ... but they’ll learn a more important lesson.” I just bet he’ll be sitting in church this Sunday learning about Christian values and, when the service is over, he’ll be chowing down at Ryan’s.

It was pointed out by another delegate that members “are quite often provided with free lunches from lobbyists and other constituency groups.” So, I would like to hear how Delegate Canterbury explains this fact to the children who will go hungry.

The article also stated that, “Both national data and pilot programs in Mingo and Mason County have shown that student performance and test scores increase when they eat breakfast at school.”

I am only glad that there were other delegates that took Delegate Canterbury to task for his appalling comments and passed this important bill.

Bill Skeat