Att’n Boston Mayor Menino

by Walter Olson on April 11, 2011

It doesn’t count as a “healthier choice” unless you actually let people choose. [Amy Alkon] And: Are we surprised that federal tax money is bankrolling the Boston mayor’s demonize-sweet-drinks kick? Not really, given that the federal government has been dishing out money to Michael Bloomberg’s administration in New York for similar purposes.

P.S.: “To encourage healthful eating, [a Chicago public] school doesn’t allow kids to bring lunches or certain snacks from home.” [Chicago Tribune]

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1 kimsch 04.11.11 at 1:21 pm

In the school lunch story: But parent Miguel Medina said he thinks the “no home lunch policy” is a good one. “The school food is very healthy,” he said, “and when they bring the food from home, there is no control over the food.”

Sorry Mr. Medina, but there is control over the food from home. That’s YOUR job.

2 Mannie 04.11.11 at 1:34 pm

People will get as much of this crap as they are willing to accept.

3 mjs 04.11.11 at 4:05 pm

Mr Medina’s comment speaks volumes about the current state of parenting in this era and the influence of the nanny state mentality.

4 blhlls 04.11.11 at 8:27 pm

Since the food at the school in question doesn’t taste good to many of the children, the main lesson they are learning is that healthy food doesn’t taste good. Hardly a constructive lesson.

5 Alan K. Henderson 04.11.11 at 11:16 pm

I’m looking forward to seeing some kid fashion a contraption inspired by Frank Harbert’s stillsuits to smuggle root beer into school. Working out the refrigeration could be tricky, though.

6 Alan K. Henderson 04.11.11 at 11:21 pm

blhlls,

Schools will do for food what they did for literature? I blame public schools for my having learned to enjoy reading only after reaching adulthood. Coincidentally, “Dune” was one of my early reads – but it was Heinlein who did the trick.

Wait…Harbert’s? That’s the word the spell-checker plucked.

7 KDP 04.12.11 at 9:53 am

You can have my bologna sandwich when you pry it out of my malnourished hands.

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