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Sen. John M. Andrist, Crosby, N.D., Published February 25 2013

Letter: Milk editorial simplified issue

The Forum editorial “No milk for ND school children is stingy, mean” is a knee-jerk reaction that oversimplifies the work we do in Bismarck, and is mean and demeaning in itself.

The same House Education Committee, which handled the milk bill, is now poised to substantially increase K-12 funding well above the $1 billion funding level of two years ago. That’s a lot of milk.

However, it’s worth noting that students in the hot-lunch program already receive the full pint a day of milk recommended by the American Heart Association. One member said they don’t particularly covet, and won’t even drink, a third glass in between.

All of us in our real and legislative lives have to establish priorities. There is also the matter of deciding when lending a hand makes us more dependent or usurps the responsibility of parenting. So simple things aren’t always simple.

Finally, I want to reassure your readers that all of us from both parties share a strong commitment to doing as much for our people and taxpayers (and our kids) as we feel is prudent and possible.

It stings when we are called “stingy, mean and tone-deaf” by the state’s largest newspaper.

Sen. Andrist, R-Crosby, represents District 2 in the North Dakota Senate.