Cobb, Marietta boards wrong to fight snack law
August 16, 2014 09:32 PM | 1369 views | 4 4 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

The lack of leadership by the Cobb Board of Education and that of the Marietta School Board with respect to implementing the new food and snack laws is amazing.

I remember when the government pressed for laws regarding seat belts in cars, for the use of heavy duty car seats for infants and children, helmets for bike and motor cyclists, and even requiring children under a certain size to sit in the rear seat of an automobile. These were also met with resistance at first, but I doubt that any intelligent person today would not agree that countless lives have been saved, and much suffering and needless expense has been avoided over the years. There are so many of these kinds of examples one could point to.

Can our school board members not see beyond raising money and politics? Will they continue to refuse to see the “greater good” of educating children about better nutrition even when families don’t understand the benefits?

Real education requires setting examples and doing, not just telling children and teenagers to eat well. (Strange that a certain high school principal doesn’t appear to understand this concept.)

The bottom line is that there is more concern over “potential revenue loss through fundraising” and junk food sales from vending machines than in improving the health of our children for a lifetime.

Perhaps the boards should be honest with their communities and request additional funding when necessary, and not be so manipulated by the food industry and political policy.

Carol Jacobsen

Atlanta

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Gray Ghost
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August 29, 2014
The problem is not food. The problem with our children today is a lack of exercise. We have parents that give kids video games, I-Pads, smart phones and let them sit around and become lazy. This is just another example of government sticking its nose where it doesn't belong.Wake up America and take responsibility for your lives and the lives of your children.
Ben Twomey
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August 18, 2014
Only in America will:

The citizens allow the government outlaw light bulbs which have served us well for over 75 years, and which are inexpensive and safe, only to replace them with bulbs costing 5 times as much and which create a bio-hazard when they are broken.

The citizens allow some blustering buffoon of mayor to pass a law about the size soft drink one can leaglly purchase.

The citizens allow an ex-lawyer who happens to be married to the President, and who has zero credentials in the field of nutrition, to tell them what kinds of food they can and cannot serve in the school cafeterias.

It is time the citizens quit being sheep and quit letting the government run their lives.

anonymous
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August 18, 2014
Ja, ve are going to zee that these kinders eat properly. Ve vill ignore the nutritionists that ve hired to do this vork. The Great Leader;s vife vill set the example.
anonymous
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August 19, 2014
unfortunately, most will not understand your post - that is why this country is so "tolerant" and accepting now to staying in line with the other sheep...
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