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Obesity responsibility our own
My wife and I read a letter submitted in the Sunday edition that lauded Walmart’s efforts to address our nation’s obesity epidemic by cutting prices on produce and “urging” suppliers to cut back on sodium, trans fat and sugar in their products. The letter states that to truly fight obesity, Walmart should encourage consumers to “ditch unhealthy processed meat.”
Perhaps the letter should also have encouraged Walmart to urge mothers to stop allowing their children to drink sodas at breakfast, lunch and dinner. That could be accomplished by Walmart suspending the sale of soft drinks. Maybe it should also recommend that Walmart stop selling video games and televisions and sell only items such as bicycles, jump ropes or other equipment that would encourage Americans to adopt a healthy, non-sedentary lifestyle. It could recommend that Walmart stop selling things such cigarettes and candy and channel some of its profits into building health spas, fitness centers, hiking trails and bike paths across the country.
My wife and I know, of course, that Walmart cannot legislate or police the choices consumers make because they will take their money elsewhere to get what they want. We simply believe the notion of Walmart regulating the food industry is ludicrous. Walmart is not a health food store. While diet and nutrition are important, Walmart does not have the power to modify the lifestyles of the American public. The way to fight the obesity epidemic is to turn off the television and the video games.
Larry and Pat Davis
I recently became involved in Native American activities in Hardin County because of Cherokee heritage stemming from my maternal grandmother. Cherokees accepted runaway slaves into their clans in the southeastern United States prior to emancipation. Because of miscegenation, I’m not the only black in this area with this type of background. We come in all sizes, shapes and colors.
My father often could pass for Eastern European. I don’t know much about his origin. It is known that my dark brown skinned grandmother went to “Philly” to work for a Jewish man and came back to Maryland with this very light-skinned male child. The birth certificate has Dad’s name and her name on it.
Dad never knew who his real father was. I took him aside and told him that I knew who he was and that was all that mattered to me. It improved our relationship. I’m a “mutt” but always claimed African American as my race/ ethnicity over the years because of the visible physical features associated with it and the fact that it is second to none.
However, if someone has a “bone” to pick with the Cherokee, they can start with me. I don’t accept racism against whites either. My very best friend is “Honeybunch”; the white woman I happen to be married to. That old cliche’ about “my best friends” is true.
I went to an American Legion meeting one night to gain support for the Central Kentucky Native American Association activities being planned for 2011. A lady tried to discredit our organization. When she claimed to know all “Indians” in the area, I suggested that she probably didn’t. Her ignorance of miscegenation’s impact prompted her to make that claim and she physically appeared to just another white lady to me. Go figure.
President Barack Obama is widely touted as the first black president. It was done mainly to foster a political agenda and support charges of racism against any who justifiably opposed that agenda later. Like most Americans, he’s just a “mutt.” Because of limited actual black American ethnic upbringing, Obama’s election was the greatest race game ever played on America.
Harry M. Braxton Jr.