Michelle Obama right to fight obe­sity

The Kansas City Star (Sunday) - - LETTERS - Ed Lin­ton Jan Co­hen James McIn­er­ney Joe Parizek Ron Platt

When will the pres­i­dent and his ad­min­is­tra­tion re­al­ize that the Amer­i­can tax­payer does not want any­thing to do with Oba­macare? I am sick and tired of the health care re­form rhetoric be­ing shoved down our throats.

We can­not al­low the best health care sys­tem in the world to be de­stroyed by politi­cians who wouldn’t want to use it them­selves. Since this ad­min­is­tra­tion came to power over a year ago, it has ac­com­plished zero, nada, nil, noth­ing.

I can’t wait to vote some of th­ese guys out of of­fice in Novem­ber.


Barb Hu­gunin (2/21, Let­ters) re­ally got to me. Doesn’t she re­al­ize that obese chil­dren quite of­ten have obese par­ents who don’t re­al­ize that eat­ing french fries ev­ery day and drink­ing nu­mer­ous cans of soda is not healthy?

Go­ing di­rectly to the chil­dren, as first lady Michelle Obama pro­poses, may be the only way of bring­ing about a change. The high rates of dis­ease di­rectly re­lated to obe­sity (di­a­betes, heart dis­ease, can­cer, etc.) af­fect all of so­ci­ety in so many ways that noth­ing but good can come from re­duc­ing their in­ci­dence.

I won­der if the writer sent a let­ter when Laura Bush be­came an ad­vo­cate for lit­er­acy, say­ing, “Just let the par­ents teach their chil­dren to read.”

Kansas City

I would like to re­spond to “Par­ents need to fight obe­sity, not Obama” (2/21, Let­ters). Let me be­gin with the last line. “Par­ents just need step to the ‘plate.’” Why do you think par­ents have the right an­swer?

I think par­ents are the cul­prits — and their par­ents, and their par­ents. They are re­spon­si­ble for the epi­demic of obe­sity.

Let’s start with the chil­dren. Let’s ed­u­cate them. We can af­ford the $2 bil­lion if it dra­mat­i­cally re­duces the stag­ger­ing num­ber of obese chil­dren.

Kansas City from the health care re­form, which is now be­ing con­sid­ered in all of its forms. Some­how, that doesn’t seem log­i­cal. We should not have an elite class that is above the law.

I truly don’t care if they are Demo­crat, Repub­li­can, in­de­pen­dent or what­ever. The self-serv­ing must stop. The time has come for a 28th amend­ment to the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion: “Congress shall make no law that ap­plies to the cit­i­zens of the United States that does not ap­ply equally to the se­na­tors and/or rep­re­sen­ta­tives; and Congress shall make no law that ap­plies to the se­na­tors and/or rep­re­sen­ta­tives that does not ap­ply equally to the cit­i­zens of the United States.”

Over­land Park shoul­ders”)? Those shoul­ders were con­structed for a pur­pose.

Pru­dent and law abid­ing cit­i­zens go there to text or use Twit­ter. The oc­ca­sional hap­less mo­torist turns to the shoul­ders to change a flat tire or do other emer­gency re­pair work.

If the Leg­is­la­ture is se­ri­ous about re­li­able and on-time bus ser­vice, let them re­serve the left lane for buses.

Over­land Park


Tiger Woods paused dur­ing his re­cent press con­fer­ence.

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