Soda is NOT the enemy

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KAYSVILLE — Davis High School has been fined $15,000 after they were caught selling soda pop during lunch hour, which is a violation of federal law.

The federally mandated law prohibits the sale of carbonated beverages after lunch is served. The program is an effort to help fight childhood obesity and to have young students make better food choices. 

Had no idea this was a federal law now, but, hey… at least this makes it impossible for the kids to buy soda at the school, which was the intent all along, right?


Before lunch you can come and buy a carbonated beverage. You can take it into the cafeteria and eat your lunch, but you can’t first go buy school lunch then come out in the hallway and buy a drink,” said Davis High Principal Dee Burton.

Principal Burton said he does not understand the law with rules that seem to be contradictory.

“We can sell a Snickers bar, but can’t sell licorice. We can’t sell Swedish Fish, we can’t sell Starburst, we can’t sell Skittles, but we can sell ice cream, we can sell the Snickers bar, Milky Ways, all that stuff,” said Burton.

Sooooo, the machines are still there, but you just have to reconfigure in which order you buy your lunch and your soda?  They sell some candy, but not other kinds of candy? And this made sense…to WHOM, exactly? How does this law help anything?


Personally, I was never a fan of the soda machines in schools. Kids are there to learn, and they really don’t need Zingers and a Mountain Dew to do so. If kids want snacks, and are being asked to pay for them anyway, they can bring them to school themselves. Personal responsibility and all that….

And if you’re wondering why the schools DON’T just get rid of the machines, the answer is simple. As Joe Biden might say, it’s a four-letter word: M-O-N-E-Y.

Schools sign big, multi-year contracts with snack vendors and drink companies, which can bring in thousands, tens of thousands or even millions of dollars to a school and/or school district. Thus, the conflict between the incessantly droning “snacks are bad” rhetoric and the hypocrisy in keeping the machines on site. It results in the liberal illogic of making the kids alter their route in order to get their sodas, and yet the food police in the schools will still be able to perform their public hand-wringing about the evils of sodas & snacks, ……..all the while continuing to receive $$$$$ from their machines which sell sodas and snacks.

So, what to do? Do we ban the sodas from schools? Do we basically do to Coke and Pepsi what we’ve already  done to Joe Camel?


Honestly, I don’t think that’s the problem. The problem is that schools feel the need to pimp themselves out to whatever will bring in more cash, so they can afford to do all the programs that need funding: sports, band, etc.,…

Much as our federal spending has ballooned out of control, so too has our spending on education. We now spend about 5x more per child for public school education than we did back in the early 1960s, and I dare someone to tell me that we are putting out a better educated student. We’re spending over $10,000/child, but how much of it is football, and baseball, and band, or even the 14th edition English book, when the 13th edition was just dandy, thank you? Lord knows that I loved music and sports, and the newest books, and everything else. But when you end up having to try to contort your logic to simultaneously vilify & allow sodas on campus, all because the schools need the money so badly to pay for all these promises that you couldn’t otherwise afford, perhaps you’ve lost sight of your priorities just a wee bit.

It is the same trap where we find our nation today with federal entitlement spending. No one wants to cut anything, since it’s all wonderfully important, and so much of what we do is “good”, and people really like it, and …..oh, spare me.     WE. ARE. BROKE. Maybe it’s time to scale things back a bit, eh? And maybe concentrate on getting the economy going again? Hmmm?

Here’s a little something that I would ask the big-brained folks in charge to try to keep in mind when they are spending our tax dollars:

**More government is not Better government, and More spending on education doesn’t mean a Better Education.**

Class dismissed.

20 responses to “Soda is NOT the enemy

  1. livinrightinpgh

    JTR….you post this stuff for the sole purpose of KNOWING that, as I read your post, I’m going apoplectic to the point of vapor-lock!

    Seriously, whoever came up with this school program has GOT to be a complete nincompoop. (MAN! I love that word!)

    Soda makes kids fat?

    You mean it’s NOT:
    The pizza they serve.
    French Fries
    Mac n Cheese (with Heinz ketchup on it, of course)
    Etc, etc, etc

    Any possibility that it’s due to the fact that too many kids today DON’T get out and “play”, participate in sports, etc? Instead, they communicate via the internet, faceplantbook, and texting in lieu of face to face actually TALKING to someone. Perhaps it’s the Nintendo, Playstation, etc?

    I know the older you get the more you end up sounding like your parents, but the reality was, as kids, we didn’t have those video games. You actually went (gasp!) outside and played. Sunny or cloudy, rain or snow….didn’t matter.

    Why is it that Liberalism seemingly ALWAYS generates the exact opposite of its stated intent?

    • QUINN’s FIRST LAW: Liberalism always generates the exact opposite of its stated intent.

      • livinrightinpgh

        Ahhh yes! Quinn and Rose on America’s morning show! Weekdays 6 to 9 on FM News talk 104.7 out of PGH. I believe they are also on XM, and a number of radio affiliates out there. You can find them at

        I first heard Quinn utter that line at a place in the ‘Burgh where they used to have Thursday night Cigars and Politics. Great stuff!

  2. godsbooklover

    Can you just imagine the job description on the regulator for this regulation?

    “Wanted: Male or female operative, must look 13 to 15; acne a plus. Pose as high school student and try to get the blue-haired lunch lady to sell you a sode pop (**shudder**) after you have your lunch tray.”

    What kind of a sting IS this? Honestly, could the world get any more absurd??

    • livinrightinpgh

      As I was reading JTR’s post, I was reminded of the little girl who recently had her lunch taken away from her and was told to eat the cafeteria food because the lunch her Mom packed her “didn’t meet government guidelines” for her lunch.

      How would you like to be THAT inspector?

      I’m going to blend posting comments here, but perhaps if we got rid of the food Nazis we MIGHT be able to afford the means and drug testing for the welfare recipients? Just a thought.

  3. Hatfield McCoy

    Crucify one school, and the rest will be easier to manage…

  4. Great article Dave! I’m reblogging it.

  5. Bringing food from home is completely unacceptable. Parents don’t know anything about raising children, ESPECIALLY when it comes to nutrition. That is why we need the schools.

    Did you hear about that horrible woman who sent her child to school with a turkey sandwich and fruit? The officials caught that REAL quick and made sure the child had the deep-fried chicken tenders that all children need…or do the schools have multi-million dollar contracts with the companies that provide school lunches, too? Nah. They wouldn’t compromise our children’s safety and sanity like that.

    Speaking of which, did you hear about that school that was fined $15,000 for a soda machine?

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