Neal Barton's POV

The food police


POSTED: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 7:00pm

UPDATED: Monday, May 2, 2011 - 4:26pm

Just when you think it can't be any more stupid, it gets more stupid.

Now in Chicago, it's okay for the the school lunch police to go and look through your child's lunch bag.


In fact, in some schools they wont allow a homemade lunch. The reason- you don't know what's good for your children. But, big government brother does.

This from the Washington Times: Little Village Academy banned sack lunches six years ago in a supposed effort to improve the nutritional quality of the food its students consume.

According to the report, Chicago Public Schools permits its principals to use their discretion to decide whether their student population needs stringent rules about food choices.

Several of the schools apparently have banned sack lunches, while others permit them, but confiscate certain foods that administrators deem unhealthy (think Doritos, soda, candy).

Problem: The Little Village students hate much of the school's cafeteria food. Lunches routinely are thrown away uneaten, leaving children hungry until they get home at the end of the day.

Bigger problem: It's not the role of a public school principal to decree what her students may and may not eat. In fact, even the less-stringent policies convey a growing and disturbing trend among educators and others toward meddling in parents' decisions.

What if your child has a food allergy?

What if he or she did well on a test and your want to give them an award.

What you feed your kids is no ones damned business.

Think this can't happen here? Just wait.

It happened with soda machines a few years back.

The government always knows best, comrade.

That's my point of view, what's yours?

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V Go, it's only nobody's business what you feed your children when YOU are paying the bill. Since you have abrogated this responsibility to the American tax payer via free school breakfasts and lunches, you have abrogated the right to control what food your children get to ingest, most damaging is the food for thought the progressive socialist enablers have poisoned you children's minds with.

Your bad language is offensive to me and to many that I have talked to about your POV. Bad language ofends many people. Clean language does not offend anyone, so why do you choose to offend some people? I am considering not even watching your news because of the language. You could have made the same point by saying, "It is no ones business what I feed my children." Leave the cursing out of it. We have children listening to this.

It is not what goes into a man's mouth that defiles him, but what comes out. So why the food fight. Let the kids eat what they want and let Neal use a word that appears about 150 times in the King James Bible;
Romans 14:23
"And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin."

Yes, and what is coming out of his mouth is defiling him.

watch your mouth Neal. you should be ashamed of yourself!!
I don't think the school (or anyone) has the right to go through the kids lunch bags...but you don't have to use bad language to make your point. need to monitor his mouth!

I am sickened by you and your cursing on live television. I hope ketk has common sense to fire you! But they kept Scott Chestner after he was cursed but of course Ketk knew he liked to curse on live tv because he did it at his last station.

Welcome to the brave new Socialist Progressive world of YES WE CAN, control your lives. When you cede control of your health care to the government, it is in the governments best interest to force you to eat healthy to control costs. Ben Franklin was right; "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." He also said "Rather go to bed without dinner than to rise in debt."

Back in the day before schools were airconditioned and everybody but the few rich kids brought their lunch from home and in a time before plastic zip-lock bags when wax paper wraped a tunafish sandwich your mother had thoughtfuly prepared so you wouldn't comit a sin by eating bologna on Friday my classroom had the odor of a whaling vessel. Had I known to pray for wealth redistribution by growing government dsiporportionate to taxpayers would solve my Friday dilemma, I probably would have.

Not allowing junk food to be sold at school, and bringing it from home are two TOTALLY different things dude.

While I agree that it isn't the schools' role to decide what our kids can and cannot eat, the schools are being held accountable for the fat kids even though they have no control over what's eaten at home.

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