From today’s Boston Herald in a story by aptly named Laurel Sweet and Chris Cassidy,

Parents: Rule’s half-baked: State’s junk food ban could take bite out of school fundraisers

State Sen. Susan Fargo (D-Lincoln), chairwoman of the Joint Committee on Public Health, said the problem of overweight children has reached “crisis” proportions. “If we didn’t have so many kids that were obese, we could have let things go,” Fargo said. “But,” she added, “this is a major public health problem and these kids deserve a chance at a good, long healthy life*.”

Because bake sales are killing them. *Emphasis added to highlight the absurdity. The thoughtlessness of this is simply astounding. There has been a lot of talk today about the fundraising impact of this on schools. Again, from the Herald,

“If you want to make a quick $250, you hold a bake sale,” said Sandy Malec, vice president of the Horace Mann Elementary School PTO in Newtonville.

Maura Dawley of Scituate said the candy bars her 15-year-old son brought to school to help pay for a youth group trip to Guatemala “sold like wildfire.” She worries the ban “would seriously affect the bottom line of the PTOs.

“The goal is to raise money,” Dawley said. “You’re going to be able to sell pizza. You’re not going to get that selling apples and bananas. It’s silly.”

Food fundraisers have helped send the renowned Danvers High School Falcon Band to the Rose Bowl Parade in California and the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor in Honolulu. Danvers Parents for Music Education sell fudge because “it still works,” said the group’s president, Matthew Desmond. “Even my wife will buy it.”

The Nanny State administrator Dr. Lauren Smith, DPH’s medical director says, “We’re not trying to get into anyone’s lunch box.”

Yet. How could they not if Sen. Fargo is right, kids ability to live a healthy life is at stake. Certainly bake sales alone won’t cut it. How can they, in good conscience, let some kid pack a lunch with a Nutella sandwich and a couple Little Debbie’s?

Kids deserve a chance at a good, long healthy life. These are the same Massachusetts Democrats who not long ago were marketing abortion to teens as “easier than it sounds”. Remember Maria Talks?


The website features a fictional so-called hip teen called Maria, an 18 year old living in Boston, ‘who got overwhelmed with all of the information about birth control and sex on the web.’

Maria describes abortion as a ‘hot topic’ which is ‘more common than you might think.’ She goes on to say it is ‘safe and effective, though some people may experience temporary discomfort.’

In another section Maria says: ‘The reality of getting an abortion is much easier than it sounds here’ but also advises her young charges that it ‘can be pretty tough for some people, especially emotionally.’

Maria also suggests that teens don’t necessarily have to get parental approval for having an abortion.
‘It may be really hard for you to imagine talking to either your parents or a judge about getting an abortion, but there are people who can help you through it,’ she said.

For the record, “under state law, children under 18 seeking an abortion must have permission from a parent or a guardian.”

Politically, this state is a national laughingstock. We. Massachusetts Democrats Absolutely Deserve It.