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Published: Friday, Nov. 18 2011 12:00 a.m. MST

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GGCinAZ
Phoenix, AZ

Why is it the responsibility of the school system? You're correct, it is the responsibility of the parents and if they have a problem with what the school is serving, the parents should get the school to change. The government should not be involved in this at all. People should be.

Bryan
Syracuse, UT

Congress should have absolutely no say what schools serve for lunch. The responsibility to provide a healthy lunch belongs to each individual parent. If they don't like what the school is serving for lunch, then they can try to get the school to change it or pack a lunch for their kids.

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

Let us say that parents are upset with the menu and talking with the schools has failed. Concerned parents get together, organize, and via elections make changes to the school board - substituting the old members with new members who share their views on nutrition. Those new members then form a voting bloc that requires the school to change its menu. Is that the government or the people making the change?

Locke
Rexburg, ID

Parents are free to send lunches with their children. Problem solved. Government should not be involved. This is an issue between parents and their local school boards.

Involving a government agency detached by distance, motivation, and understanding simply cannot be a good idea.

ontheonehand
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

But the government is already involved through its funding of the school lunch program. Why should government fund lunches that are contributing to the obesity epidemic? How about offering a nutritionally sound lunch program and parents who want their kids to eat fatty foods can send them to school with chips and pizza.

John Charity Spring
Back Home in Davis County, UT

The true issue here is the entitlement mentality that is represented. The locals demand that the federals pay for the school lunch program, but also demand that the federals have no say in what is served for lunch. The locals want to have their cake, and eat it too.

This Country is in the midst of an obesity epidemic. The federals have every right to tell the schools that if they are going to accept federal money, they are going to provide healthy food.

It should not have come to this. Schools should be teaching positives values on their own, without federal encouragement. Unfortunately, the schools refuse to teach values such as moderation, prudence, and self-control beccause doing so may hurt someone's feelings.

Let us solve this problem once and for all. No matter who provides the lunch, we can no longer tolerate gluttony in the public schools.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

I agree, the government shouldn't be involved.

But when you look at it, there are too many repubs that want the government to raise their kids.

Just look here in Utah. Sooooo many repubs just create these huge families that they cannot support. Through government handouts, they are then able to keep reproducing and then buy cars and phones for every single one of their kids.

They also expect the government to feed them. Just look at how many repub Utah parents just leave their kids to fend for themselves (or for the teacher and school to not only feed, but to educate and raise them).

We need more accountability.

Eliminate the free lunch. Eliminate the tax handouts that big families receive.

If you cannot support, raise, and educate your children, THEN YOU SHOULDN'T BE HAVING THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE!

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Mom... Dad...

Parents...

Are you folks too busy for your children?

Are you too focused on earning that extra paycheck to go out and buy that brand new luxury car or cellphone?

Are you too busy donating 25k at Gov. Herbert's elitist dinner to make your own kids dinner?

When you come home, do you come home to converse with your children? Or do you quickly turn on the tv/AM radio?

Are you too busy to teach your children morals? Like accountability, hard work, honesty, caring for others, and doing the right thing ethically and morally despite the free-market telling you whatever goes? That AS LONG AS YOU DON'T GET CAUGHT, it's okay?

Is your approach to education a negative one or a positive one? Do you teach that all Muslims are evil and that no one should show respect for them? Is everything in play for cynicism, disrespect, humor, can you call fellow Americans ARGUING WITH IDIOTS, as long as it makes you money?

Mom... Dad... How can you take money away from others because you don't have enough self control to support yourselves?

These are the questions that we need to be asking ourselves.

Esquire
Springville, UT

This is the result of influence of large corporate food companies. I know the DesNews does not like to hear it, but the citizens of this country do not control the country. Congress does not care about the average person. They listen to lobbyists and big corporations who have deep pockets and pay for their re-elections, junkets and other benefits. If you don't think big corporate interests control Congress, lock, stock and barrel, you are naive. This situation proves that.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

@ Esquire. The fault of large corporate food companies? You don't give people much credit for controlling their own choices do you? I have never felt controlled by any corporate food company and to suggest that people are too stupid to make their own choices is just silly and inaccurate! "Dang those greedy corporations anyway! Now I am not accountable anymore for my decisions and therefore am a poor "victim" and need the government to take care of me"! (sarcasm off).

JoeBlow
Miami Area, Fl

Clearly, Federal Money should not be in the school lunch program.

Nor should Federal input as to what is served.

Get rid of both of the above and the problem is solved.

Noodlekaboodle
Salt Lake City, UT

Could this finally prove to some of you that the Repubs only care about doing the opposite of Obama. Pizza is a vegetable? French fries are a vegetable?! Next this you know they will classify jolly ranchers as fruit because thats what the taste like....

Biker 100
Sandy, UT

To Maverick
I would echo your comments to all of the libs who have kids and continue to take governement hand outs like food stamps. If you can't afford kids, don't have them. Does that fit for you?

Paul in MD
Montgomery Village, MD

@Real Maverick, I think you are pointing fingers in the wrong direction. First, I don't like stereotypes. While it's easy to blame any problem on a group of people, it's also quite dishonest. True, Utah is largely Republican, so statistically any group of people you run across (except maybe at a Democrat convention) in Utah is going to be mostly Republican. But your comments seem to lay quite a few problems SOLELY at the feet of Republicans. You also take a generic swipe at large families, also predominate in Utah.

I live in the predominately Democrat, predominately small family state of Maryland. Our schools offer free/reduced meals as well. The problem (in my town) of kids not getting enough to eat was so widespread the school now offers free breakfast to ALL STUDENTS.

Yes, there are some people who live like you describe, with kids taking free lunches while parents spend money on luxuries. I know many people in my community getting government help, and most of them are doing so because THEY NEED TO, not because they are ripping off the government or the taxpayers.

Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

Here's who to blame Carissa Monroy of Salt Lake City, for "healthy vegetable choices". House Republicans are ramming through legislation this week to classify pizza as a "vegetable" for the purpose of school lunches. Why? Because a massive lobbying effort of Republican lawmakers by the frozen pizza industry, among other corporate interests, is underway to get around Obama Administration guidelines to make school lunches contain healthier options. In this Republican Congress, almost anything is up for sale to the highest bidder and most powerful K Street and Koch Brother's lobbyists including the literal definition of the word "vegetable" and this time, it's coming at the expense of our kids' health. Look, we could have a lot of fun with this one. But the fact is that there is a very real bottom line: Childhood obesity has tripled in the past three decades. And for some kids, school lunches are some of the best nutrition options they have during the day. If you think this is as ridiculous as we do, tell the GOP that it's time they started picking real people over corporations (and real vegetables over slices of pizza, for that matter).


Where's the PTA over this hmmmmmmm?.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

The problem is that families think that schools should provide food for their children. When parents are too busy to pack a lunch for their own children, they have abdicated their responsibility.

No school lunch should be served. The least a family can do is to feed its own children.

Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

Their NOT all "stupid" in The White House, just the GOP US House. Ask yourself. What would this lady say about calling a pizza a veggie?. In public schools. Ina Rosenberg Garten is an American author, host of the Food Network program Barefoot Contessa, and former White House nuclear policy analyst. Known for designing recipes with an emphasis on fresh ingredients and time-saving tips, she has been noted by Martha Stewart, Oprah Winfrey, and Patricia Wells for her cooking and home entertaining. Garten had no formal training; she taught herself culinary techniques with the aid of French and New England cookbooks. Later, she relied on intuition and feedback from customers and friends to refine her recipes. She was mentored chiefly by Eli Zabar, owner of Eli's Manhattan and Eli's Breads, and food-show host and author Martha Stewart. Barefoot Contessa; Garten then expanded her activities to several best-selling cookbooks, magazine columns, self-branded convenience products, and a popular Food Network television show.

I told you I would tell you the truth.

I didn't say you would like it.

Happy Thanksgiving.

The Missing Link
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

Oh gosh. Was this Romney and Cain's health care plan?. The government took action and introduced a bill to classify pizza as a vegetable in schools. Mark this down: November 17, 2011: The day America gave up. The food industry says the new rules give schools the flexibility to increase nutrition. The same way elastic waistbands give us the flexibility to keep in shape. Now pizzas can be vegetables in public schools. What are they drinking up on K Street in Washington DC ?.

Gildas
LOGAN, UT

I recall a time when you could choose to have school lunch, not breakfast of course, and it was a good balanced meal, at my school at least.

If you didn't want a school lunch you had a long enough lunch break, one hour being usual, that you could walk home and eat there. There was usually a mother home to take care of this.

I don't know how you will sort out the current mess, but a healthy second choice would be a start, and not just carrot sticks and sad salads. Vegetables can be cooked. Meat and two cooked veg is pretty good.

I don't understand why the potato industry is worried. You can boil, mash, bake, or roast potatoes. Texas fries are better than the usual skinny, all grease and hardly any potato "french fries" option. They fry better today because they use oil not the lard or dripping of my day. Potatoes are about the healthiest food you can get if you don't ruin them in the preparation.

tigger
AMERICAN FORK, UT

The words "shocked and appalled" seem extreme to me. But then, I love french fries. Five Guys over In and Out, and McDonalds over Wendys. But the best ever are bowling alley french fries.

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