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Posted by Erin Barrett on 2001/02/19 02:04:01 US/Eastern

Has anyone seen the "Kellogg's Froot Loops! Counting Fun Book" on the shelves? Have you heard of the Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island?As a parent who's just removed kids from public schools, in small part because their state funded lunch program consisted of Tony's Pizza and Taco Bell Burritos, I find this abhorrent. Here's the whole story:http://www.nytimes.com/2001/02/18/business/18BRAN.htmlBut I'm just one parent... and not all of it's aimed at kids. What say you, oh pop culture masses?Erin

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Re: Kudzu Commercialism
by Debbie DeBuick on 2001/02/19 02:15:53 US/Eastern

If you've got children in public schools, this site is your lifeline -- http://www.commercialfree.org/ .

I'm glad your kids are in a better place, Erin. If only everyone had the same options. But this group teaches parents how to help kick brand names out of the classroom so that every child has the chance to learn in a commercial-free environment.


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  • Re: Kudzu Commercialism
    by Jack Mingo on 2001/02/19 02:23:08 US/Eastern

    I find it distasteful how many public buildings, stadiums, streets, bridges, etc. are being auctioned off to businesses to stick their names onto.

    The annoying thing is how little money the cities are getting in exchange. It just ain't worth it to have to forevermore refer to the "Pacific Bell Stadium" etc. So, I propose we start a fund to outbid the corporate sponsors and start naming our public facilities after people or other entities that deserve it.

    The "Jack Mingo Sports Facility," for example....

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