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Real truth about childhood obesity

Updated: February 26, 2013 6:26AM

Real truth about childhood obesity

This is in reference to the recent letter about childhood obesity. The reader stated that childhood obesity is caused by President Obama’s handling of the economy, teachers unions, and parents.

The first-ever Task Force on Childhood Obesity that President Obama created to considerably reduce childhood obesity within a generation unfortunately did not reach the same conclusions.

In fact, there has never been a president and first lady who have done more to combat childhood obesity in our nation. President Obama created the task force because he knows this is an important issue facing our nation.

This has been an issue in our country for about 30 years now, and finally someone is stepping up to fix it.

Subsequently, first lady Michelle Obama has dedicated herself to the fight against childhood obesity with her Let’s Move! campaign.

Furthermore, the White House’s Partnership for a Healthier America brings together all sectors of our economy in government, the private sector and the non-profit sector to implement the strategies his task force found that would help reduce and prevent childhood obesity.

We are already seeing this work. It is no coincidence Coca Cola Co. this month released a video in which it announced it would start offering more low- or no-calorie drinks, smaller drink portion sizes, and better labeling of its products in vending machines, which are all aimed at what the company offers as beverage choices to kids in schools.

Let us stop pointing fingers at each other and instead all come together as Americans to alleviate childhood obesity in our nation. That is what real change looks like.

Matthew Meier

East Dundee

Pension reform: Not paying for meal

On Jan. 19, a newspaper quoted these words from President Obama regarding the need to raise the federal debt ceiling: “This is not a complicated concept. You don’t go out to dinner and then, you know, eat all you want and then leave without paying the check. And if you do, you’re breaking the law.”

Isn’t that exactly what the General Assembly means to do in the name of pension “reform,” with the blessing of much of the state media?

The state received the services of its employees (the meal) and is now looking for any means possible to avoid paying the bill — even if it’s against the law, i.e. the Constitution. And in the process, it’s all the fault of the employees, who now should give up what they earned fairly and contractually to solve the problem!

James Lockard


Brady must step down as GOP chair

Two weeks ago, I publicly called on Pat Brady to step down as chairman of the Illinois Republican Party. Pat is a good guy, but as he has still not retracted his public statements on same-sex marriage.

Again, I call on him to step down. He can’t, in his position as chairman of the party, publicly refute a major piece of our party’s platform. It was a slap at all Republicans who believe in traditional marriage.

The Republican Party is a big tent and welcomes all viewpoints. Pat can have his own individual positions, but the chairman of the party must publicly support the platform and be one of its most ardent spokespersons.

Pat Brady is no longer in a position to be that spokesperson. For the good of the party, he should step down.

Joe Walsh

Former congressman, 8th District


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