Letters to the editor Nov. 21

Nov 21, 2019

The real reason Trump is under fire, a response

The authors of several recent ‘Another View’ columns lay blame for President Trump’s troubles with the Democrat controlled House of Representatives on murky plots to foment a coup against the elected leader of the United States. In truth the President is condemned by his own words; not through the machinations of the media or by a shadowy deep state conspiracy to get rid of him. The facts are that he tried to extort a foreign government into digging up dirt on a political rival, which is illegal under (at least) federal election law (52 U.S. Code, section 30121), as he well knows. A monumental amount of self-deception is required to believe otherwise.

Steve Mansfield

Warren

Tip of the hat to Benjamin and Brower

I read with interest Pearl Benjamin's letter to the editor in the Nov. 14 Courier.

I applaud her for having a considered opinion and her clarity in supporting her stance.

I also applaud Reade Brower for giving her a platform for her articulate and thought-provoking statements.

Nancy Warren

Rockland

Excitement at food program progress

We were excited to read that Rockland-area schools are considering implementing Child and Adult Care Food Program At-Risk Afterschool Meals as a result of legislation passed by our state government this year (After-school meals may be added to Rockland district's menu, Nov. 10, 2019).

Kudos to Regional School Unit 13 business manager Peter Orne, afterschool program director Sarah Rogers, school nutrition director Linette Butler, and everyone in RSU 13 who is working toward offering healthy food to kids in their community after school.

CACFP afterschool meals can be a great program option for Maine schools that have children staying after for any number of enrichment activities. Schools qualify for the program if 50% or more of their students are eligible for free or reduced meals. If this eligibility threshold is reached, all kids at the school can partake in the afterschool meal for free.

One primary benefit of the program is that the USDA reimbursement rate is higher than the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs – school nutrition departments are reimbursed $3.64 for each CACFP meal served, as opposed to $3.41 for free lunch or $1.84 for free breakfast.

One additional clarification from the article is that federally-reimbursed CACFP meals are for students only. If a qualifying school or district wanted to also feed parents for free, the school nutrition department would have to seek outside funding for the parents’ meals.

The Maine Department of Education and the nonprofit organization Full Plates Full Potential are helping schools learn more about CACFP and join the program, if they are eligible.

There are plenty of resources available and schools are encouraged to contact Alissa.M.Mank@maine.gov or akorsen@fullplates.org if they would like more information.

Anna Korsen

Program Director at Full Plates Full Potential

Portland

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