Letter to the Editor

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 10:05pm

This week, President Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 — the first major bipartisan bill enacted since the election by a deeply polarized Congress. The act will replace junk food in school lunches and vending machines with more healthful options.

Several jurisdictions have taken similar action. The Hawaii, California, New York and Florida legislatures passed resolutions recommending vegan school options. Last year, the Baltimore City public school system became the first in the nation to offer its 80,000 students a weekly meat-free lunch. According to the School Nutrition Association, 65 percent of U.S. schools now offer vegetarian lunch options.

In the past, USDA has used the National School Lunch Program as a dumping ground for surplus meat and dairy commodities. Not surprisingly, 90 percent of American children consume excessive amounts of fat, and only 15 percent eat the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables. These early dietary flaws become lifelong addictions, raising the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

Those who care about our children’s health should demand healthful plant-based school meals, snacks and vending machine items. Additional information is available at healthyschoollunches.org, choiceusa.net and schoolnutrition.org.

Norman Teller

Nashville, TN 37207

 

56 Comments on this post:

By: dargent7 on 12/15/10 at 5:27

I remember growing up as a poor black child in Detroit, well poor, we ate the worst garbage available. We'd put a sock in a bag and go thru the "Snack Bar" line and buy two bags of Lay's barbeque potato chips and two ice cream sandwiches.
The rich kids would buy two plates of french fries.
This was in Jr. High, which has gone out of business.
Putting bags of carrots and asparagus in a vending machine is nuts.
All the kids are on dope, anyway.

By: govskeptic on 12/15/10 at 6:08

Our national First Lady declared just a few days ago that
"We can't leave it up to the parents to decide this" rang
very odd to me. Yes, there are many parents that applies
to, but to attempt to change the problem to more of a
Nanny State does not seem to be the right thing or
policy for the nation to take seems even odder to me!
We are feeding a hugh number of children at the public
schools two and someplaces three meals a day.

By: Loner on 12/15/10 at 6:20

Good morning, Nashville!

Our LTE author, Norman teller,wrote a similar LTE dated July 1st, 2009. That one was not well received and I don't think that this one will be either. The First Lady and Norman Teller are all hopped up on healthy food, but the rest of the nation is still addicted to the Whopper, the Big Mac, and other delightful fun-to-eat foods.

I thought that Norman might be a professional zealot, but it appears that he is a freelance amateur; he writes a great LTE, but I'm afraid that his words of wisdom may fall on fat ears.

I'm enjoying a KIT Kat with my morning cappuccino......simply decadent.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/15/10 at 6:26

Good morning.
http://www.wunderground.com/data/wximagenew/c/Colleen110/2.jpg

By: Captain Nemo on 12/15/10 at 6:26

We never had anything like junk food or vending machines in school when I was there. We had a cafeteria and the food was cooked every day. The food was good as for as I remember, but then I was a kid and food was food.

The point is that we did not have to choose what candy or chips in vending machines to have. The only choices we had was either to eat the food in the cafeteria of the food brought from home.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/15/10 at 6:28

Tragedy struck my house Sunday. The Lions beat the Packers. Oh the shame of it all.

By: dargent7 on 12/15/10 at 6:40

Cpt N: And there's more where that came from. Isn't Bart Starr still the QB?

By: bfra on 12/15/10 at 6:46

Nemo - That's the way it should be today! But then whoever knows WHO or whoever is kin to WHO, wouldn't have their, usually a sideline business, for taking the children's money.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/15/10 at 6:49

I’ll never forgive you Paul. lol

By: Captain Nemo on 12/15/10 at 6:59

bfra-
I can remember the cafeteria ladies being nice and asking how we were doing. Well with the exception of one and I think she may have been a troll or was becoming one.

The food was hot, (maybe not at today’s standards) but it was good.

By: dargent7 on 12/15/10 at 7:00

Nemo: Well, if there is a God, Farve won't ever return to the field to take a snap.
Green Bay will never accept him back.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/15/10 at 7:04

I think his time has come and there will be no Super Bowel Ring.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/15/10 at 7:09

Paul-

You did pick the Lions last week. Was that luck or did you know something.

By: Kosh III on 12/15/10 at 7:18

Yeah, when I was in school, we had hot lunches consisting of meat and 2 vegetables, from a cafeteria, and we only had milk(gasp!) to drink.
No soda, no vending machines, no crap.

Parents are often the culprits, I've seen mother's put coca-cola in their baby's bottle and give toddlers chips and candy.

Kids AND parents need nutritional education.

By: conservarage on 12/15/10 at 7:27

we need to rid the schools of the federal government.

local oversight and control is the only way to go.

By: bfra on 12/15/10 at 7:28

Kosh - People in charge of schools need nutritional education & common sense. Of course, a lot of children will take their lunch money and use vending machines, if available, eating junk. There should be no vending machines in schools.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/15/10 at 7:34

Let’s hear it from the Tea Baggers. The only answer is to rid us of Feral Government.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/15/10 at 7:55

s/h/b Federal Goverment

By: yogiman on 12/15/10 at 8:04

This is simply one more route for the government to take control over the citizens when they begin to tell us what we can eat. In my childhood we only had elementary and high schools. We got good solid food in the cafeteria. No vending machines or junk food was allowed.

When did it begin to happen?

By the way, talking about the government telling the kids what they can eat; have you read the SB 510 bill where it is telling you what you can grow and who you can give it to or swell it to?

Folks, you better learn fast how to keep your feet on the ground. In today's political regime socialism is just around the corner.

By: yogiman on 12/15/10 at 8:07

Sorry, I meant 'sell' it to.

By: girliegirl on 12/15/10 at 8:13

Funniest part of this story: Congress was shown around their "campus" eating hamburgers and french fries (comfort food) while they were physically discussing this Bill. LOL Don't you think it a bit condescending for Big Gov't to tell you what to eat/consume, and yet, the originators of the Bill will never comply with those specific rules?

By: Captain Nemo on 12/15/10 at 8:34

Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin of Greeley, Colo., pleaded guilty in a military court to a charge that included disobeying orders to meet with a superior and to report to Fort Campbell in Kentucky. Lakin, a 17-year veteran, faces up to 18 months in prison and dismissal from the Army when he is sentenced on that charge.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/14/army-birther-terrence-lakin_n_796351.html

By: Captain Nemo on 12/15/10 at 8:40

The students may be junk food junkies, but the schools are hooked, too, increasingly dependent on the revenue that soda and candy machines bring in each year.

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines01/0227-01.htm

By: Captain Nemo on 12/15/10 at 8:50

I find it funny how some wastes of flesh are so afraid that government is taking over their pitiful lives, that they are willing to let a junk food industry ruin our children. However they want complain when government schools to sell it to our children.

By: yogiman on 12/15/10 at 8:55

Captain Nemo,

Its hard to take a case to court if the 'independent' judge rules you can't produce any evidence because you might "embarrass" the president.

I think the current process may have been pulled so it could give Col Lakin the right to appeal and present his evidence. At least I hope so.

By: AmyLiorate on 12/15/10 at 8:58

Norman Teller says "65 percent of U.S. schools now offer vegetarian lunch options".

So doesn't it look like most schools are already doing well with their nutritional offerings? Does it take a federal law to get the others to do the same?

Or was Michelle's Law only about vending machines? Doesn't the federal government have a border to patrol, or a terrorist to catch? Have they solved all the other problems so now they can focus on the lowly stupid vending machines?

Dump the federal Dept. of Education and it's $40+ Billion budget and give the taxpayers a break. After saving roughly a Billion dollars for each state maybe then parents can afford to feed their children better.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/15/10 at 9:02

Cry me a river yogi. It was not too long ago when you said that in the military you damn well better to what they say or pay the consequences. But I suppose it depends on which side you’re on.

He is going to prison and the loss 18 years of service in the military for the Birthers lie.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/15/10 at 9:12

"Officials in Hawaii say they have seen and verified Obama's original 1961 birth certificate, which is on record with that state. But birthers have not been satisfied with that assurance or the "Certification of Live Birth" Obama has released. The certification is a digital document that is a record of a person's birth in the state, but the certificate does not list the name of the hospital where Obama's mother gave birth or the physician who delivered him."

Larkin is a fool to believe the Birthers. I wonder if half is brain is missing.

By: Loner on 12/15/10 at 9:42

I posted a new journal entry. More proof that Helen Thomas was right in her analysis. All are welcome to visit and comment.

http://new-york-loner.livejournal.com/

By: Loner on 12/15/10 at 9:54

School lunches should be more patriotic and all-American; I suggest that only hot dogs, apple pie and government cheese be served...washed down with the all-American beverage, Coca-Cola. Anybody who says otherwise is a damn socialist, commie.

By: Loner on 12/15/10 at 9:59

Oh yeah, tacos too.

By: yogiman on 12/15/10 at 10:01

Captain Nemo,

It's a shame God didn't give you more common sense than he did. Question: what would you do if you wanted to buy a bottle of beer in a market and was asked for proof of your age? By the law our beloved government has issued for the 'benefit' of 'we the people', you would have to prove your age. How many times in your life have you presented your birth certificate to prove you was who you said you was? Now, use the other side of that brain. What makes you so sure Obama is really a citizen of the USA? Because he said so? I can only assume you don't believe he has told a single lie while sitting in that office.

You folks can think of me as you wish, Captain, that is the least of my worries. My main worry is where the Obama regime (I can only presume that is his legitimate name) is taking our nation.

I'm not a gambling man, but I'd bet you a dollar to a donut you won't like it... unless you are already a communist.

By: yogiman on 12/15/10 at 10:04

How 'bout pizzas, Loner. Could we throw them in with the hot dogs?

Wasn't coke used as a medicine before people found out how delicious it was to drink?

By: HokeyPokey on 12/15/10 at 10:11

If you read no further, just watch http://bit.ly/exh4Or

"Skeptic," usually I find your comments to just be uninformed and laughable. But this morning, what you wrote frankly irked me a little too far.

You misrepresented, out-of-context, words used by "Our national First Lady": "... We can't leave it up to the parents to decide this..." with respect to children's nutrition.

I'm not particularly annoyed at you, you're excusable and of no real consequence, but I'm annoyed at the overwhelming number of cases where this statement is used in exactly the same way you did, by persons - such as yourself - who only parrot the last incendiary thing you heard and hope nobody bothers to follow-up on the statement.

If you listen to Michelle Obama's full statement, in context, you will hear her laud the parents who try their best to insure that their children eat well. But even you, with your limited grasp of reality, must understand that parents can't follow their children to the lunchroom, to the playgrounds or most anywhere else they might go, even under adult supervision.

I don't expect you, "skeptic" to ever be able to understand what she said and why she said it, I'm hoping that by revealing what you wrote as an outright lie, that others will see what the game is here.

You can see the full statement, at a right-wing blog, at http://bit.ly/exh4Or

By: Loner on 12/15/10 at 10:51

Hokey, if Laura Bush, or Barbara Bush had come up with this same program, the right wingers would be 100% behind it.

A black woman came up with it and that sticks in their Caucasian craws....that's the real reason for the hate speech regarding the First Lady. They expected her to recommend watermelon, collard greens and fried chicken; their hopes have been dashed.

Just listen to Laura Ingraham's hate -radio show; her sarcastic, catty, bitch-digs are over the top, IMO. I used to think that they might pop Pres. Obama, now the 1st Lady may be being targeted by the nut-jobs. Folks like Laura Ingraham are egging on the crackpots.

By: AmyLiorate on 12/15/10 at 11:18

http://gizmodo.com/5688087/the-tsas-sense-of-humor-makes-me-nervous

Great cartoon, you can put it on your computer screen just like the TSA goons did.

By: yogiman on 12/15/10 at 12:00

Loner,

Regarding your 10:51 post as you place the concept in the racism program, we all see different people as we personally see them. Anyone who considers someone because of their race are damn fools.

How many people of the world today can claim to be of one particular race if they haven't run a family tree search? Unless they are in a small unheard of country no one knows where it is, there is no way they can positively state they are of one race.

And this fact also holds with the 'public' people who sometimes think they are much superior of the rest of us in intelligence.

By: house_of_pain on 12/15/10 at 12:29

Simple solution: pack a lunch for your kid(s).
How much do I get paid for solving that problem?

By: HokeyPokey on 12/15/10 at 12:30

Loner, you hit the nail directly on the head.

HP

By: HokeyPokey on 12/15/10 at 12:30

You get nothing, pain. Try to pay attention to how the discussion is going and what are the facts of the matter.

By: AmyLiorate on 12/15/10 at 12:32

House should apply for head of Davidson Co. school cafeterias!

And Yogi makes another good statement today.

By: house_of_pain on 12/15/10 at 12:35

I don't need to "try" anything. I was responding to the LTE. Go back to watching Sesame Street.

By: slacker on 12/15/10 at 12:53

Do not mess with the house_of_pain pokey, he will eviscerate you.

By: slacker on 12/15/10 at 1:02

When you have to have police officers in schools, diet should be low on the priority list.
Besides, policeman like to have their junk food nearby, its in their contract.

By: AmyLiorate on 12/15/10 at 1:39

Slacker I heard that all the School Resource Officers fight over who gets Hillsboro High School.

It seems that having a school next to a donut shop is just too much to pass over. Plus the drugs confiscated from Green Hills kids are better quality.

By: brrrrk on 12/15/10 at 1:51

Captain Nemo said

"We never had anything like junk food or vending machines in school when I was there. We had a cafeteria and the food was cooked every day. The food was good as for as I remember, but then I was a kid and food was food.

The point is that we did not have to choose what candy or chips in vending machines to have. The only choices we had was either to eat the food in the cafeteria of the food brought from home."

Same here..... And I had no complaints about the food. We had two vending machines, one for milk, the other for ice cream products. Apparently I lived through the dire conditions of not having Cheetos and Coke available to me at all hours of the school day.

But hey, nowadays it's all about the cheddar and to hell with kids!

By: brrrrk on 12/15/10 at 1:53

AmyLiorate said

"Slacker I heard that all the School Resource Officers fight over who gets Hillsboro High School.

It seems that having a school next to a donut shop is just too much to pass over. Plus the drugs confiscated from Green Hills kids are better quality."

C'mon Amy, give these guys a break. Have you ever had one of the Donut Dens eclairs? Eeeeeeyum! THE best in town, hands down.

By: slacker on 12/15/10 at 2:02

Amy, donuts make policemen strong, as in spinach to Popeye. Its better that those drugs are put to good use being ingested by strong policemen, instead of wasting away in a property room.
Jimmy Buffet even wrote a song about it.

By: brrrrk on 12/15/10 at 2:36

Loner said

"Just listen to Laura Ingraham's hate -radio show; her sarcastic, catty, bitch-digs are over the top, IMO. I used to think that they might pop Pres. Obama, now the 1st Lady may be being targeted by the nut-jobs. Folks like Laura Ingraham are egging on the crackpots."

People like Ingraham, Rush, Beck and the rest of their ilk, sit in their million dollar "Ivory" towers, egging on their listeners, and then just sit back and watch them make damned fools of themselves; and the fools never realize that the very people egging them on couldn't care less about what happen to their eggees.

By: GUARDIAN on 12/15/10 at 3:06

GUARDIAN-The government has been in charge of school food for what? 40 years now lol and they got it wrong all those years? This is so stupid just more money toss away with the wash water as the government always does.