Recently, I read two articles about government-related spending on which I feel compelled to comment.
One article talked about how current high unemployment is affecting the number of teachers hired by schools. The other article told about $119 million in grants from the U.S. government to fight obesity in the United States.
I probably am one of the most politically liberal members of my family, but even I have to speak out against such clear wasteful spending by our government!
What is the great unknown about obesity?
I believe that a very small percentage of obesity is caused by real medical problems, but that the overwhelming numbers of cases are simply because of overeating and a gross lack of exercise! How in the name of common sense can parents and grandparents expect their children to stay in good shape when the “in thing” to do is to stay in front of the television, the computer and the cell phone?
If the government is truly concerned about obesity, then taxpayers’ dollars need to be spent to greatly revive the physical-education part of school life. Our local and national governments are trying to create geniuses out of our children at the expense of little to no physical education!
What happened to the commonsense balance of physical education and mental education that was so prevalent during the 1940s through the 1970s?
The answers to the questions about obesity have very, very commonsense answers. The difficulty is going to be whether parents and grandparents are going to take charge of this greatly growing problem and force their children to get some physical exercise!
Timothy Monroe Bledsoe
North Augusta, S.C.