Hold the brownies! Nutrition bill could limit bake sales

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  • the truth Holladay, UT
    Dec. 6, 2010 6:25 p.m.

    RE: Zadruga Guy | 4:39 p.m

    IT's all baby steps

    a little here a little there,

    before you know it you have no freedom left,

    it not big things I am worried about,

    it is all the se little things that the federal government keeps encroaching into,

    your light bulb,
    your happy meal,
    you thermostat,
    tell you you can't carry a pocket knife, a plastic squirt gun to school,
    require childseat, and seat belts,
    a little pat down or naked scanning,
    a little control over internet,
    a litte editorial control of your school books,
    a little pc thought and word control here or there,

    all accompied by a good intent,

    each one you can claim amounts to little,

    but it adds up,

    full tyrannical control of every aspect of lives,
    must be nipped in the bud not after it blooms.

    Their places governemnt has proper place to be, no business being or doing, no matter thier "good" intent.

  • Zadruga Guy West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 6, 2010 4:39 p.m.

    People complaining about loss of freedom are making a mountain out of a molehill. No one is talking about restricting bake sales that are not school-sponsored. And no one is trying to restrict what food a family chooses to feed to the kids.

  • Northern Logan, UT
    Dec. 6, 2010 8:41 a.m.

    Loss of freedom seldom happens overnight. Oppression doesn't stand on the doorstep with toothbrush mustache and swastika armband -- it creeps up insidiously... step by step, and all of a sudden the unfortunate citizen realizes that it is gone.

    Government never takes freedom in one swift move. It regulates and legislates it away, a little at a time mostly in the name of protecting you.
    R. E. Bierce

  • michaelm Waukesha, WI
    Dec. 6, 2010 12:00 a.m.

    Regardless if this is a good idea or not is not the point. It is for local schools, families and individuals to decide not the fools in DC or overactive do-gooders who for any number of reasons think they need to tell the rest of us how to live.

    With each little thing we say okay this but no more and without us even noticing all our rights and freedoms that this nation has bled for, for generations is wasted and just like it has happened in the past this is not a road we can turn back on. Ultimately these control freaks will run ever aspect of your lives and anyone who gets out of line will be dealt harshly for any infraction.

    It always starts this way and ends in a way that you can never get back from. Ultimately, all that is left is for future generations to start over but often that is to in the realm of possibility.

    Historically people forget what was once theirs and don't even know what they have lost to want it back again, it defies even imagination to be free as we give it away.

  • Brother Brigham Mona, UT
    Dec. 5, 2010 7:38 p.m.

    @My2Cents; I applaud you using your *freedom* to decide what to eat and what not to eat. Now if the jackballs in Washington will allow us the same "privilege."
    They have nothing better to do during a recession?

  • metamoracoug metamora, IL
    Dec. 5, 2010 5:02 p.m.

    The real question is: who is going to monitor and enforce this stupidity? Shall we now hire a huge force of federal nutrition police? Shall we arrest & jail the entire school district for its flagrant violations? Or better yet let's just fine them a huge sum and apply it to a budget deficit!

  • kenglish Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 5, 2010 12:57 p.m.

    Just like the minimal requirements on most commercial products, just post a list of common nutritional standards at the point of sale:
    "Products sold here are high in sugar, low in nutritional value..be advised". That's enough for a bake sale. Also, advise parents and students if there are common allergens, like nuts, involved.

    Nobody should have to go thru the entire, expensive, commercial certification process to hold a bake sale. Hopefully, common sense will prevail in those cases.

  • TexasMom Flower Mound, TX
    Dec. 5, 2010 11:31 a.m.

    It's not what the parents or PTA are selling it's what the school is selling. I often hear from my children that the menu choices at school are terrible...in quality and nutrition. It's not uncommon for a child to buy "pizza sticks" (basically bread sticks with a side of pizza sauce) and a hot cookie or ice cream for lunch at school. I remember I used to get frozen yogurt and a bad of Doritos everyday at my school for a snack during study hall when I was in high school. (Study hall was in the cafeteria so the snack line was always open.)

    Schools need to change their offerings and parents should be involved in that. But not the federal government.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 5, 2010 11:24 a.m.

    I am so glad that our hard working Congress had the time and foresight to address this urgent need. I am sure that it is even mentioned in the Constitution as within the power of Congress to regulate school bake sales.

    This is way more important than passing a budget, or any actual appropriations bills for the fiscal year that started more than two months ago. Or, to worry about the fact that Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are going broke in the very near future. Or, even bothering to take care of establishing tax laws to be effective in 26 days.

    Yes, we can be proud of Congress, and how well they do the important tasks making this the greatest nation on earth. I bet no other country can brag that they have an actual nationwide law restricting bake sales.

    Maybe Congress should get another automatic pay raise since they are doing such great work.

    (Attention liberals, the above is known as "sarcasm".)

  • FreeMan Heber City, UT
    Dec. 5, 2010 7:23 a.m.

    It's not what they eat at school, it's what they eat at home. But that's beside the point. Goodbye freedom. It was knowing you.

  • My2Cents Kearns, UT
    Dec. 5, 2010 6:32 a.m.

    On this I have to agree somewhat. Peoples health is more important than money. Most of these bake sales incorporate unhealthy and foul tasting bake goods that would pollute the environment if you discarded them on the ground.

    Even bread has become and environmental and health hazard with all its preservatives and chemicals incorporated to prevent it from rotting in a timely manner. Now food brokers want to incorporate anti rotting chemicals in the fruits and vegetable in the stores just to prevent or alter visible rot. Actual rotting still occurs, you just can't see it now.

    My taste for baked goods was altered more than 30 years ago as chemicals began to replace and displace natural nutrition.

    Baked goods at bake sales are a joke and these sales would be safer for the public if they just asked for the money and trash the goods. Most of these goods are from boxes and bakery's calling their products food. To buy and sell really nutritional foods at a bake sale would be to expensive for the fat average donut eater to buy.

    If my grandma didn't make it I don't eat it.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 5, 2010 12:21 a.m.

    Another White House "we're smarter than you" waste of tax payer money and elected officials' use of time.

  • Northern Logan, UT
    Dec. 5, 2010 12:02 a.m.

    When will the sheeple wake up and realize that we are losing the ability to make our own decisions.

    Every single day it gets closer and closer, by the time that people lose something important enough for the masses to wake up it will be too late.

    The federal reserve protects us from our financial selves.
    CDC, TSA, FDA, SEC,they all seem to know more how to take care of us than we do.
    Congress makes sure we are healthy now regulates our bake sales.
    The Patriot act watches to make sure were protected on the streets, good thing we have cameras at every street block. Except the one by the police station at least here in Logan.

    Little humans so helpless the Government needs to regulate our bake sales.

    Say good bye to bake sales the government has outlawed them for our own good.


  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    Dec. 4, 2010 10:03 p.m.

    Conservatives use personal discipline and responsibility to say "no" when needed.

    Liberals just want to outlaw "no" for everyone so they won't have to be required to make any tough choices.

    Completely ludicrous.

  • Hellooo Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 4, 2010 9:27 p.m.

    More nonsense from the feds. Let the school boards do their work and get back to doing the nations business like balancing the budget.