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Published: Thursday, Aug. 16 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Winglish
Lehi, UT

Remember that Davis and Box Elder High Schools were fined $15,000 by the Feds for having vending machines on during lunch. To say that there are no laws regulating junk food in Utah's schools is not quite correct. Some schools are being told teachers should not even provide treats as a reward or incentive in the classroom. Whether or not my child receives a treat for showing honesty or something should be between me and the teacher. Government has no business involving itself in treat regulation. Talk about B-I-G Brother!

Esquire
Springville, UT

How much responsibility do mom and dad have when the kids have easy access to junk food at the schools. This access takes it away from parents, not the other way around. It's offensive when business perverts the principles of freedom and responsibility to make the money, and when those terms are thrown out there in the debate, people fold instead of challenging the argument.

KDave
Moab, UT

If kids like junk food, they are going to eat junk food, machines in schools or not.

Really???
Kearns, UT

If mom and dad want the kids to eat junk food for lunch, they are free to send it with them to school.

Schools have already started providing healthier drink alternatives when they were required to replace soda with water, milk, and juices in the vending machines. The majority of snacks that currently sell in the machines are high salt and fat chips or extremely sugary candies. We can provide healthier choices for them.

It's just a guess, but I would think a number of behavior problems would be solved when children establish healthier eating habits during the school day.

Utah Teacher
Orem, UT

Seriously, how stupid have we become as a society? Vending machines have absolutely NO PLACE in schools. There is not one good reason to have them there. They do nothing but give the teachers more of a headache to deal with as kids bring food into the classroom. They aren't healthy for the students. They limit parental authority over what their child eats.

There is not one good reason to have them.

Someone please pass a law regarding education that will actually make a difference in the schools.

No vending machines!

I teech two
Bountiful, UT

So the legislature didn't want to be overly involved when out comes to food in schools, but then they're happy to take over for the parents when it comes to sex education; automatically opting all of the students out of that class.

What I see is that they don't want to be to involved when someone's giving them money to not be involved, but when there's no sex ed groups out there to give them money they're happy to step in... Though I guess with that one the money was coming from somewhere else too.

I wonder what the Eagle Forum has to say about this.

Sorry if some of this doesn't make sense, I'm still learning to use my new phone and editing is getting frustrating...

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