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Letter: I predicted it would happen, and it did

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opinion Fargo, 58102
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Fargo ND 101 5th Street North 58102

In May, I warned that the city was planning on wedging itself between you, your child, and your day care provider. On June 23, the Fargo City Commission did just that – using the consent agenda to pass the “Ordinance Relating to Child Care Centers.” No second reading, no public debate, not even commissioner comments.

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Five commissioners, none of whom have young children, are dictating to you and me how our chosen day cares must operate in extreme and nauseating detail because apparently we aren’t capable.

À la the NYC big-soda ban, the Fargo city commissioners are now mandating legally how old your child must be to receive juice, how much juice to the ounce, the exact percent of real juice contained, and the type of container the juice may or may not be administered in.

The specifics sound like a Monty Python spoof of the Ten Commandments: “Juice shall only be provided to children 12 months and older, and shall not be provided in a bottle. Only 100 percent juice shall be provided, and children shall receive no more than 6 ounces per day.” I couldn’t make this up; that is a direct quote.

Most of us assumed this was a conversation about our children’s physical activity, which even the city had to admit was a non-issue for the vast majority of providers. It has since morphed and expanded into much more, which is common when local government overreaches. This is just one more clear, blatant, in your face, startling example that you are expected to swallow because “it’s for the children.”

Gehrig was an unsuccessful candidate for the Fargo City Commission in June’s municipal election.

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