I was surprised to see the diatribes in the Feb. 23 edition of the Rappahannock News in response to Jim Gannon’s common-sense reaction to the new USDA rules for public school subsidized lunch [Letters, Feb. 16: “No lunch left behind?”]. Even if one believes that it’s the government’s role to establish strict guidelines for public school lunches, let’s apply simple math. Three meals a day for 365 days equals a total of 1095 meals per year. Nine months of the school year averages twenty-one lunches per month or only 189 school lunches per year. That leaves 906 meals at home, plus after-school snacks. How can anyone believe that this costly federal intrusion will even begin to address childhood obesity? So, since the lion’s share of meals is consumed at home, what’s next – monitoring what parents are allowed to buy and serve to their families?
Yes, the guidelines are well-intentioned, but to quote Thomas Paine, “The greatest tyrannies are always perpetrated in the name of the noblest causes.”
Regina H. Knight