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Keep spuds in our schools

Posted Wednesday, September 28, 2011, at 8:53 AM

We have often railed against the dictatorship of the do-gooders, those people who are convinced all the rest of us must adopt their supposedly healthy and safe lifestyles whether we want to or not.

For example, we like eating beef and potatoes, two products under heavy fire these days. Even if they weren't healthy, a good steak barbecued over an open fire and a baked potato smothered in sour cream and butter just sounds tasty. But there are people who would try and stop you from enjoying it if they could.

Now comes the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which wants to ban potatoes in school lunches. They're afraid the product is contributing to the childhood obesity epidemic. Apparently, the schools are supposed to solve this problem, too. The only other option, apparently, would be to require parents to make their children put down their video games, get off the couch, and go outside and play.

The Idaho Potato Commission is appropriately furious at this proposal. While conceding that french fries might be a problem, they point out that potatoes in almost any other form are highly nutritious.

The USDA plan would seriously impact Idaho, where nearly 600 million pounds of potatoes are sold to school lunch programs around the country. Perhaps the Department of Agriculture should consider the impact of their plan on agriculture.

Every school district has a nutritionist that monitors their school lunches. They don't need the federal government trying to create social policy by looking over their shoulders.

Cutting potatoes from lunch won't eliminate couch potatoes.

This is a bad proposal, and the people who thought it up should be given a potato wedgie.

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I agree.

-- Posted by KH Gal on Wed, Sep 28, 2011, at 9:42 AM

I love Potatoes and they can be cooked so many different ways. Potatoes never caused me to be over weigh, if anything it was chocolate LOL!

-- Posted by MsMarylin on Wed, Sep 28, 2011, at 10:04 AM

Do we really need Big Brother telling us what to eat or not eat. The Government has already to much control over our life's. When they start paying for and fixing what I am to eat then they can control what I am going to eat, until then they can go to heck. To add to it I have also seen where the Government is wanting all your medicial records posted on line and then are going to monitor them, I so that is also to tell you what health care your going to get and by who. Its not of their business, like spuds is none of their business.

A bit more info put out by KTRV.


-- Posted by Eagle_eye on Wed, Sep 28, 2011, at 1:40 PM

So ridiculous! You hit it on the head Kelly. Parents would have to parent. Imagine the atrocity!

-- Posted by jessiemiller on Wed, Sep 28, 2011, at 2:06 PM

I was always taught it's not the potato, but how it is prepared and served. A baked potato with non-fat ranch is darn tasty.

Kids want fries? Then they learn to eat baked fries at school.

Look at the overweight kids, and then look at the parents. Wonder where they got their eating habits? That we can't fix, but we can insure that healthy potato's are served in school.

-- Posted by royincaldwell on Wed, Sep 28, 2011, at 3:45 PM

How about more home schooling and charter schools? Wonder how the feds would like that.

-- Posted by skeeter on Fri, Sep 30, 2011, at 1:17 PM

Then maybe the feds won't be telling school kids what to eat if they aren't in public schools.Fat police would still be there though. Just my opinion.

-- Posted by skeeter on Fri, Sep 30, 2011, at 7:40 PM

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