Hungry at school • Another important ranking in which Utah is at the bottom among all states is the percentage of needy kids who get breakfast at school. Only about one-third of low-income youngsters in Utah who eat free or reduced-price lunch at school also get breakfast there. That means many children are coming to school hungry in the morning and staying hungry until lunch. How can they concentrate on reading and math with empty stomachs? The ironic aspect of this is that Utah could claim another $15.5 million in federal meal reimbursements if it could bring the percentage of free- and reduced-price lunch students who also ate breakfast up to 70 percent. All of Ogden's schools offer breakfast every day. If they can, other Utah schools can, too.
Sour grapes on steroids • There are poor losers, pathetically poor losers, and then there is Terry Lee of Cedar City. Lee is so vindictive over the re-election of President Barack Obama and the passage and court victory of Obamacare that he fired two employees because they are Obama supporters. And he seems not to care who knows about it. He posted in the comments section following a Tribune news story: "We had to let two employees go to cover new Obongocare costs and increased taxes. Found two Obongo supporters and gave them the news yesterday. They wanted the idiot in the Whitehouse, they reap the benefits." Aside from his poor spelling and scurrilous, racist references to the president, Lee's rant is inaccurate. Obamacare requires only businesses with more than 50 employees to insure full-timers or face penalties. Sadly, what Lee did isn't illegal, just disgusting.