| Opinion/The Review

Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Cupcake cops

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Letters home ...

Traveling abroad for personal, educational or professional reasons?

Why not share your impressions — and those of residents of foreign countries about the United States — with Trib readers in 150 words?

The world's a big place. Bring it home with Letters Home.

Contact Colin McNickle (412-320-7836 or

Daily Photo Galleries

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Arrogant federal overreach dips to a new low with rules that threaten a time-honored tradition — school bake sales that provide sweet treats for students and ease taxpayer burdens by helping to pay for sports, cheerleading, band and other activities.

Effective this month and applying this fall at schools participating in federal meals programs, the new rules stem from the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act touted by self-appointed first lunch lady Michelle Obama and her anti-childhood-obesity “Let's Move!” campaign. The Wall Street Journal says the rules ban daytime sales of items that don't meet federal nutrition standards, such as typical bake sale items. States have some say in how many “infrequent” exceptions are allowed — and the feds have fines for violations.

To date, 32 states allow no exceptions, according to the School Nutrition Association. And even when a bake sale is allowed, some schools prohibit homemade items, limiting offerings to processed items bearing precise nutritional information.

Such micromanagement of community life is in keeping with the “government knows best” agenda behind federal diktats on toilets' water consumption and what light bulbs can and can't be sold. Hopefully, bake sales are where Americans will draw a line — by telling government “hands off!” when it comes to cookies and cupcakes that both sweeten and enrich the educational experience.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.



Show commenting policy

Most-Read Editorials

  1. Kittanning Laurels & Lances
  2. The Connellsville Redevelopment Authority: Facts & findings
  3. Jamestown revealed: History comes alive
  4. Saturday essay: Garden chances
  5. Greensburg Tuesday takes
  6. Greensburg Laurels & Lances
  7. Regional growth
  8. Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances
  9. Medicare @ 50: Sick, getting sicker
  10. The wind ruse: A failed policy
  11. Mon-Yough Tuesday takes