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Published: Wednesday, Nov. 20 2013 3:30 p.m. MST

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a_voice_of_reason
Woods Cross, UT

The article appears to be more about how the day care is struggling to properly implement nutrition policies. I have a better question, why in the world is a day care implementing nutrition policies? Why are they providing "supplemental food" to children without consulting parents, or fining parents for what they send? This is not their business! One more reason I couldn't live in Canada and why I fear the Europeanization of our country. My kids, my business. If I want my kids to eat only organic fruits and vegetables I should be able to do that. If I feel like my kids should have pizza, potato chips, and a Twinkie my business. The government (and it's minions) should STAY OUT of my parenting! Taking children from abusive or neglectful parents is one thing, but to me this crosses the line.

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Excellent question above: "...why in the world is a day care implementing nutrition policies?"

Because there are all sorts of obscure government laws and regulations and the day care has to enforce the silly rules, or they get their license pulled, or fined.

This is what happens when statists and liberals run things and incrementally take away freedom, and usurp the role of parents in raising children.

By the way, whatdoes Michelle Obama say about what people should and should not eat? And her pal Mayor Bloomberg?

Midwest Mom
Soldiers Grove, WI

OK. Admittedly the story is ridiculous. But let's also admit that there are many parents who don't adequately feed their children, so let's not pretend that all kids have a hearts and flowers experience at home.

At our school, one of my husband's students couldn't participate in extra-curriculars because he was failing. A generally good student, when pressed, the staff learned that the parents were struggling. No electricity meant no homework could be done in the dark. Their water had also been turned off. The school counselor worked with the family to help them find assistance. In the meantime, teachers pooled their $, bought lanterns and batteries and the children were allowed to shower at school and the custodians pitched in by letting them wash their clothes in the school machines. The family got back on its feet and the kids pulled up their grades.

As I said, the daycare story is ridiculous, but a less oft repeated tale is of children in crisis. One out of 4 US kids lives in poverty. Some of us are trying to make a difference. And Jesus Christ was a liberal, that's why he upset the status quo.

The Solution
Dayton, OH

Midwest Mom
Nice story of some good community people getting involved to help with individual needs. This much different than the government forcing regulation to try to meet these needs.

You either do not understand what a Liberal is or you do not fully understand Jesus if you think he was a Liberal. Disrupting the status quo, while often a side-affect of liberalism, does not define the cause. Acts of charity do not define Liberalism, and this where good people like you get entangled in deception. Jesus performed acts of charity to individuals, and asked individuals to follow his example by doing the same. He also understood the separation of church and state, "...render unto Caesar what is Caesar's." When we move our individual responsibilities to the the collective and have it regulated, we defeat everything that Jesus was trying to accomplish.

Good works should never be mandated or regulated.

Kalindra
Salt Lake City, Utah

A few things missing from this story: The mom was on the daycare board and voted in favor of fines. The fine was dropped when she explained the potatoes filled the grain slot. The government contacted the daycare and told them they cannot fine parents. The law requires daycares to make sure children who are there during mealtimes have healthy food to eat including milk, meat/protein, a grain, and two servings of fruits or vegetables. Daycares can either provide this themselves, or work with parents to make sure nutritional needs are being met. This law has been on the books since 1986 and was passed in part to make sure daycares, whose rates are set by the government, aren't ripping off parents by providing cheap, unhealthy meals to the kids and pocketing the difference.

ExecutorIoh
West Jordan, UT

Assuming there were regulations and that the day care thought they were doing what they were supposed to, I am appalled that a serving of crackers merited a $10 fee. A fee that I am sure was not previously disclosed and surprised this parent. If the lunch lacked protein, would the day care have charged the parent unknowingly for meat to be served to the child? I argue about two things. The disproportionate cost of a serving of crackers and the fact that the day care felt that they could charge a seemingly random fee to one of their customers without notice or discussion.

Kalindra
Salt Lake City, Utah

@ ExecutoIoh: The fee assessed was a standard fee based per kid not on the item or items provided. While some parents may have been blindsided by a fee, this mother was not as she was in the board of directors for the daycare at the time the policy was voted on and out in place - and she voted in favor of the fee.

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