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[FEB. 12, 2004]  What is your reaction to Gov. Blagojevich’s recommendation to remove vending machines from high schools?

Fay Allison, senior
“I think the vending machines should stay; however, the choices could be healthier – like milk, juice, fruit, veggie trays, etc.”


Beth Boch, senior
“I think that vending machines should remain in schools.  By taking these machines out and substituting ‘healthier’ drinks, money will be lost. This action will not make students less obese – it will just make them take their business elsewhere.”

Kari Last, senior

“I don’t think they should. They can’t make people eat healthy. If we can’t buy it, we’ll end up bringing it anyways.”

Miranda Merriman, junior

“Vending machines are something extra. To take the privilege away from students to buy something extra is like punishing one for doing nothing wrong.”

Chris Podunajec, senior

“I think vending machines should stay in schools. It’s the student’s choice whether they want to buy snacks or not. If they took them out, students would just eat more at home.”

Josh Sebeny, senior

“I think that vending machines need to stay in school because weight is not a factor. You can not gain hundreds of pounds on vending machine use.”

Justin Tierney, junior

“Even though I’d bet the majority of students are against it, I agree with the statement that taking soda out of school is a good thing. Obesity among young Americans is in epidemic proportions, and as a country, we need to start taking the steps toward stopping it.  Even though it tastes good, recent tests have revealed how unhealthy soda is.  This could be the first step in making our youth healthier.”

[See related LDN article: "Blagojevich commits to reform Illinois education system"]

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