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The nanny school district

Uploaded: Sep 12, 2012
Given that we live in one of our nation's leading nanny states, is it any surprise that the Pleasanton school district has decided it is going to control the students' diets by declaring meatless Mondays?
There's nothing wrong with offering vegetarian options, but the blatant manipulation with the assumption that the school administrators know best insults the parents.
It's reminiscent of Mayor (or should I say Mommy) Bloomberg in New York City trying to ban super-large sugared soft drinks or the Richmond politicians trying to tax sugared drinks—although I think cash for the city is part of that thought process.
What's needed is for parents to take responsibility for their children and for school districts to provide a balanced set of choices without political agenda. Perhaps, the district should have devoted as much attention to split reading and its impacts as it does to what goes into students' stomachs.

While the nannies in Pleasanton are working on students' diets, the Legislature and governor have been dealing with the weighty matters of state. Let's ignore for a minute the passage of some degree of public pension reform, the approval of the absurdly expensive and unnecessary high-speed rail and the pending tax increase votes in November and look at what the governor has signed after the Legislature gave its approval. Gov. Brown has until Sept. 30 to act upon all of the bills sent to his desk.
Assemblyman Bob Wiecowski of Fremont authored a bill that won approval for Aug. 15, 2012 to be observed as independence day for India. You might ask why that's important to Californians or people living in his district to celebrate independence for a nation halfway around the world. Check the demographics of the district—there are lots of Indian natives living there.
Now, along the lines of nanny, there was the resolution that declared May 20, 2012 "California Mental Health No Stigma Week." How legislation signed in September applies to a week that took place almost four months ago is a mystery. The same goes for Wiecowski's bill that called out the 2012 date.
Then there's the resolution about the U.S. Postal Service by Republican Paul Cook from Yucca Valley down in the southern California desert.
His resolution calls for the postal service to abandon its plans to move from six-day service to five-day delivery. It's the type of resolution you'd expect from a Democrat looking to support the postal workers unions without regard to the economics.
The Internet has changed the game for the postal service. How many vendors are constantly asking you to move to electronic billing—more importantly—do you have any vendor who is not? Electronic billing saves companies lots of money and does the same for consumer—it's precious few bills that get mailed first class with a hard-copy check in my household and we're not early adopters.
Paying bills in a matter of minutes electronically saves time and money—lots of money at the expense of the postal service. The trend will only continue—the sooner the postal service and Congress wise up to reality and the service develops a flexible and sustainable business plan—the better served the public will be.



Comments

Posted by liberalism is a disease, a resident of Birdland,
on Sep 12, 2012 at 10:15 am

liberalism is a disease is a registered user.

All of the nanny state regulations are heralded by dem voting parents. They are not capable of raising their unaborted offspring on their own, so who better than the leftist controlled govt to run their lives and raise their kids for them. Where was Planned Parenthood for these dolts?
Looks like it's bag lunches from home on Mondays.......


Posted by Daniel Bradford, a resident of Foothill High School,
on Sep 12, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Daniel Bradford is a registered user.

Hunt wrote: "What's needed is for parents to take responsibility for their children and for school districts to provide a balanced set of choices without political agenda. Perhaps, the district should have devoted as much attention to split reading and its impacts as it does to what goes into students' stomachs."

1. Prove that "meatless Monday" has a "political agenda". You state this as if it's a fact, yet cite nothing to prove it. So...it's just your opinion.

2. "Perhaps, the district should have devoted as much attention to split reading and its impacts as it does to what goes into students' stomachs."

You don't place a comma after "perhaps" at the beginning of a sentence. Try an adult literacy program at Las Positas for help with your grammar.

And PUSD has proven itself capable of multi-tasking (handling more than one job at once). FYI, reading instruction and student lunches are handled by separate departments. There is no reading instruction/lunch menu committee at PUSD, or anywhere else in the sane world.



Posted by M., a resident of Downtown,
on Sep 12, 2012 at 5:00 pm

M. is a registered user.

Liberalism,

Is there any particular reason you express yourself in such a vitriolic hate filled way? Are you truly that hateful?


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School,
on Sep 12, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

"There is no reading instruction/lunch menu committee at PUSD, or anywhere else in the sane world." Okay, Daniel, I was with you until that last sentence. Are you certain no one is looking at nutrition and its impact on instruction? A teacher or student who miss, say, breakfast would be on the losing end of their day. Otherwise, schools wouldn't be providing free and reduced meals. Just saying.


Posted by Daniel Bradford, a resident of Foothill High School,
on Sep 12, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Daniel Bradford is a registered user.

Reading instruction and the lunch menu are two separate issues. Stating that PUSD should focus on reading instruction instead of lunches is just ridiculous. My point was/is that PUSD can focus on both.

I've noticed that Mr. Hunt has never let his lack of knowledge on any subject stop him from expressing his opinion. Hunt's "column" trespasses regularly into the realm of self-parody.

Everyone has the right to his or her *informed* opinion.


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School,
on Sep 13, 2012 at 5:41 am

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

Daniel, I think the district needs to focus on communicating with parents better (and didn't they keep a position that, in part, is supposed to address public information?). There appear to be a few arbitrary decisions being made, or at least that is how it feels when you get last minute notices about changes like split reading and meatless Mondays. Both those decisions, but particularly split reading, had direct impacts on families.


Posted by liberalism is a disease, a resident of Birdland,
on Sep 13, 2012 at 1:48 pm

liberalism is a disease is a registered user.

Yes, M, I'm filled with hate, but it's acceptible now in Pleasanton as part of our diversity programs, feel good policies and all inclusiveness. At least I'm venting here, as opposed to attacking the embassy of other countries I disagree with.

Thanks for being 'tolerant'.


Posted by M., a resident of Downtown,
on Sep 13, 2012 at 2:56 pm

M. is a registered user.

Thank you for your honesty. I will just take a moment to remind you that hate and anger aren't really good for you. Nor do they do anything to solve the problems we all face regardless of our political leanings, or theological beliefs. Honestly please try to relax a little bit before you damage yourself.

M.


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