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Christopher J. Deery,Fargo, Published April 02 2013

Letter: Is Sen. Flakoll milking issue?

I was happy to see that Sen. Tim Flakoll, R-Fargo, chairman of the Senate Education Committee, allowed for funding for school milk through in amendment on another bill to make sure no child is excluded from being able to have milk or juice at snack breaks. Bravo to you, Senator. Young children at school should not be separated into the haves and the have-nots.

To be honest though, I was somewhat taken aback at his apparent change of heart. It makes me wonder if he is just trying to milk the issue for political gain. For, you see, I attended the League of Women Voter’s Legislative Forum on Feb. 23 where Sen. Flakoll was one of the participants. When this issue came up there and it was Sen. Flakoll’s time to speak, he expounded greatly on his “background in nutrition.” He further went on to question how often milk needs to be given – even comparing low-income children to newborn cattle ... clearly utilizing his vast background of knowledge.

In the end, thanks is owed for helping move the issue forward. But thanks should be directed at our locally elected Sen Tyler. Axness, Rep. Joshua Boschee, Rep. Ron Guggisberg and Rep. Kathy Hogan, all of Fargo, who championed this issue and were defeated early on, when Sen. Flakoll was stuck in the barn trying to recall his past studies.