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Academic Nanny State
CEI ^ | November 19, 2008 | Angela Logomasini, Ph.D.

Posted on 11/25/2008 6:11:54 PM PST by GodBlessUSA

Academic Nanny State
by Angela Logomasini, Ph.D.

Both universities and elementary schools are going after bottled water, as if that were the greatest threat facing students today! At the grade and high school levels, officials are removing bottled water from vending machines and cafeterias, leading students toward drinks with calories. Of course these are fine in moderation, but why deny a healthy option like water? Students supposedly would drink from water fountains, which as I point out on enjoybottledwater.org are not always sanitary or appetizing.

A school in Madison, Connecticut is learning the hard way. It has recently been revealed that the water coming from one school’s water fountains has contained excess levels of uranium for a couple years. While the public health impacts are probably pretty low, people don’t want their children drinking that water. The unfortunate problem with drinking water fountains in Madison schools offers yet another example of the importance of bottled water. Tap water is generally very safe. But there are times when people would rather drink bottled water, such as in this case.

But soon many schools will deny that option! Currently, in Ontario Canada, many schools are looking into total bans on bottled water and maybe even other drinks in plastic bottles. I sure hope they are making sure their tap water is a good quality. Many school officials there complain that it comes out a rusty brown.

This week there are stories in the press regarding efforts in Missouri’s Washington University to remove bottled water as an option for students. Ironically, much of the increase in bottled water in the past several years has simply replaced drinking of caffeine and/or sugar-containing drinks. Denying the option to buy bottled water is likely to increase consumption other bottled drinks, which may add onto extra pounds that students gain during college. It will also make it more difficult for students engaged in sports to stay hydrated.

Similar university bans on bottled water are being pushed or implemented at Brandeis University; Cornell University; Brown University (RI); University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Oklahoma State University; Southwestern; Clark University (AR); the University of Texas-Southwestern; the State University of New York in Buffalo; University of California, San Diego; University of New Mexico and many more!

Denying consumers the opportunity to choose a healthy beverage on campuses or anywhere else is simply foolish and a bit frightening. After all if they continue to succeed in banning water, what will they go after next?


TOPICS: Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: bans; bottledwater; education; greens; leftismoncampus; nannystate; petition; water
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Bottled water is the target of environmental activists and others who claim that it is wasteful. Environmental activists claim that bottled water creates too much needless waste for landfills, uses too much energy to transport, and contributes to global warming. For further information on this issue .....Enjoy Bottled Water.Org

In a weather-related or other emergency, an easily accessible supply of bottled water is essential. Bottled water meets the needs of some of our most vulnerable individuals, those with compromised health. In fact, bottled water is often recommended for people whose immunity may be compromised by chemotherapy, transplant operations, or diseases .

Protect the right to drink bottled water. Please take a moment and sign the petition. Thank You! Petition link

1 posted on 11/25/2008 6:11:55 PM PST by GodBlessUSA
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To: LUV W; beachn4fun; La Enchiladita; MEG33; The Mayor; Mrs.Nooseman; Arrowhead1952; E.G.C.; ...

Ping
If you would, please consider signing this petition. Thanks so much :)


2 posted on 11/25/2008 6:21:27 PM PST by GodBlessUSA ( God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: GodBlessUSA

I enjoy bottled water but that’s not really the point is it?

The issue, as usual, is the left’s now-standard combination of self-regard, false efficacy and strange compulsion towards totalitarianism in enacting total bans on anything that becomes their target du jour with wildly disproportionate effort and/or penalties applied to those who become heretics and criminals overnight.

Anyone left on campus with a sane thought in their head should bring a nice bottle of water to class/office every day just to watch cowardly liberals quiver with impotent anger.


3 posted on 11/25/2008 6:29:19 PM PST by relictele
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To: GodBlessUSA

The delicious irony is that the libs are the very ones who encouraged drinking bottled water in the first place. It’s soooooooooooooo ‘in vogue’.


4 posted on 11/25/2008 6:29:55 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear
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To: GodBlessUSA

BTTT Gracie.

Got a bottle beside me right now.

The tap water here is most fowl!

Think......egg salad smell!:)


5 posted on 11/25/2008 6:30:16 PM PST by AZamericonnie
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To: GodBlessUSA

whatever happened to teachers are hired to do one job . . . teach.


6 posted on 11/25/2008 6:32:10 PM PST by GOP Poet
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To: GodBlessUSA

Tough call here. Whom to root for - the people driven to hysterics by the poisons they know are in their tap water, or the lunatics worried about the “sustainability” of bottled water?


7 posted on 11/25/2008 6:35:19 PM PST by untenured
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To: relictele
their target du jour
Exactly. There is no end in sight to their efforts. Years ago, I never thought these activists would gain so much power to actually accomplish bans. Scary.
8 posted on 11/25/2008 6:38:00 PM PST by GodBlessUSA ( God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: AZamericonnie

Thanks Connie
Oh no! Thank goodness for bottled water.


9 posted on 11/25/2008 6:40:03 PM PST by GodBlessUSA ( God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

It is ironic. And now they want to tax bottled water. Just another way for liberals to tax us.


10 posted on 11/25/2008 6:44:03 PM PST by GodBlessUSA ( God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: GOP Poet
They took all the soda machines out of the high schools here. Ok fine. Now they want to take water away. The water fountain, my kids say...No thanks. ;)
11 posted on 11/25/2008 6:47:51 PM PST by GodBlessUSA ( God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: GodBlessUSA
Thanks for the ping GeeBee. This is just ridiculous! The control freaks are taking over.

How have you been? Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

12 posted on 11/25/2008 7:26:50 PM PST by Mama_Bear
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To: Mama_Bear
Hi Mama_Bear
Another way to control and/or tax us. It's mind boggling.

I hope all is well with you and your family. It's been busy here lately but I'm doing fine. Thanks!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! :)
13 posted on 11/25/2008 7:45:35 PM PST by GodBlessUSA ( God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: GodBlessUSA

We would gag on the water out here in West Texas. It’s awful!!

Thank GOODNESS for bottled water!...or diet coke! LOL!


14 posted on 11/25/2008 7:53:29 PM PST by LUV W (Now....on to 2012........Palin/Jindal)
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To: GodBlessUSA

Thanks, GB and Dr.Angel for bringing this to our attention.

It’s amazing what the looney left will go after!


15 posted on 11/25/2008 7:55:04 PM PST by LUV W (Now....on to 2012........Palin/Jindal)
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To: LUV W
They better not mess with this Texan's bottled diet Coke ;)

It really is unbelievable that they are making some progress with this issue to ban bottled water. If you get a chance, some time, look at the entire site. There's a lot of info on the site. It's scary what they are attempting to do.
16 posted on 11/25/2008 8:03:24 PM PST by GodBlessUSA ( God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: LUV W

It never does end with them, does it. :/


17 posted on 11/25/2008 8:04:01 PM PST by GodBlessUSA ( God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: GodBlessUSA
They will have to pry my diet coke bottle out of my cold
dead fingers! LOL!

I know that it's just another of those baby steps to
totaliarism and we have to take a stand somewhere!

18 posted on 11/25/2008 8:07:01 PM PST by LUV W (Now....on to 2012........Palin/Jindal)
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To: GodBlessUSA

Not till we are all under their thumbs!

No way, no how!!!


19 posted on 11/25/2008 8:08:45 PM PST by LUV W (Now....on to 2012........Palin/Jindal)
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To: GodBlessUSA

I just Signed the Petition, Dear GeeBee; I Drink Bottled Water Everyday; the Tap Water where I Live Tastes Like Bleach, Lol!


20 posted on 11/25/2008 8:20:21 PM PST by Kitty Mittens (To God Be All Excellent Praise!!)
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