To the editor:

(Re: “Obamacaf — Noble intentions, poor results,” March 5, 2015) Google the term “Obamacaf” and the only “hit” you’ll get is the Commonwealth Press editorial denigrating the 2010 USDA school lunch program designed to bring nutritious meals to our growing obese and poor population.

I assume that the coining of this term had the same intent that the original use of term Obamacare had: to denigrate a government program by connecting it with the then-unpopular president ...

The negative portrayal of the school lunch program in the editorial decries the failure of the FDA program for driving kids away from school lunches and producing waste and costing the school system more.

There is a new, comprehensive study from Harvard School of Public Health published in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Society Pediatrics on March 23 that demonstrates that when school lunch program are advised by chefs to produce kid friendly nutritious meals, waste and costs go down and the popularity of the programs go up ...

There is a website,, that has many outstanding suggestions for school meals that kids will eat ...

As one author of the study points out, “Not surprisingly, when kids were offered sauteed broccoli in garlic and olive oil or vegetable soup instead of hideous piles of indistinguishable greens, they tended to eat more of the healthful food.”

Do our kids a favor: rather than trying to tar the lousy school lunches with cheap shots at our First Lady, why not look into producing better tasting meals?

— Paul Axelrod

727 Ransom St.

Read the full letter in the April 2, 2015 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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