STATE Sen. John Unger has a good heart.
The Berkeley County lawmaker's interest in service dates back to 1990, when he worked as a volunteer with Mother Teresa in Calcutta.
He has traveled to overseas hot spots, including Iraq, to work with nongovernmental agencies' disaster relief efforts.
I personally witnessed Unger on the front lines during flood recovery efforts in Southern West Virginia a few years ago. He cares about his fellow man.
So when Unger proposes transforming the school lunch program in West Virginia to include free breakfast and lunch for all children, not just those from low-income families, I don't question his motive.
Unger, who himself got a reduced-price lunch growing up, believes that if the government provides a free education, free books and free transportation to children, then food should be free as well.
The Feed to Achieve program would establish public-private partnerships in which private donations would be used to draw down federal money to absorb the additional cost of feeding every school child for free.
But at the risk of being the Grinch that stole breakfast, the idea raises questions:
The concept of "free" breakfast and lunch is a misnomer; someone pays for it somewhere along the line.