Parents: Food sellers aren't going to police themselves
I'm responding to the Jan. 20 article, "Don't feed kids junk." The article describes how children should not drink or eat anything fattening. Nor should fattening foods dominate the market shelves or be served in restaurants. The article also suggests that McDonald's and Burger King should think of smarter ways to sell themselves to children. I do not think that markets or fast food restaurants should stop selling the fattening foods that help make their profits.
If you do not want your children to be eating or drinking fattening products, then do not let them. You are their parents; you can control what they eat and drink. When you go to the grocery store, be sure to buy nutritional food. As for the fast food restaurants, what do you think fast food is? Do you think it's going to be something healthy for a child to eat? Of course not, its just a fun and cool place for children to eat. If you don't want them eating at McDonald's or Burger King, then don't drive into that drive-through after they whine and beg for you to go.
Some people just might go to the grocery store and buy fruits, vegetables, fruit juices and other healthy items for their household that do not consist of fattening foods and drinks, foods that do not allow you or your children to get fat. Which means you should just do the same instead of having food manufacturers and fast food restaurants stop selling junk.
The article itself states,"Only in a perfect world, manufacturers would swallow these limitations easily." Exactly! Only a perfect world. But as you all know, our world isn't perfect.
Road plowers: Prioritize
January in Ohio means snow and lots of it. Years ago I saw that as a good thing, because it meant snow days. Now that I'm a college student at YSU, school is almost never canceled, no matter how bad the weather. However, that isn't my complaint. I pay to go to school, and so I expect to go. I also expect the roads to be passable. A fellow student informed me that when Youngstown City schools are canceled, the road crews wait a few hours to plow the roads.
While the elementary and high schools might have the day off, YSU students still have to go and many people still have to drive to work. Often, private neighborhoods are plowed before major roads like 224 and Market Street. More-traveled roads should be cleared first. It's a matter of common sense and safety.
A day to celebrate
Mahoning County Farm Bureau members will celebrate "Food Check-Out Day" Feb, 7, which marks the day the average American has earned enough income to pay for an entire year's food supply.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average American devotes only 10.4 percent of their disposal personal income to pay for food, which is made possible through the efficiency and productivity of American's farmers. Consumers spend $585 billion for food originating on U.S. farms. Of each dollar spent on food, the farmer's share is approximately 20 cents; the remaining is spent for costs beyond the farm gate: wages, materials for production, processing, marketing, transportation and distribution.
Compared to other family expenses, food is a bargain. While we must only work until Feb. 7 to pay for our year's family food supply, we work until May to pay for our taxes.
Our farmers are the most productive in the world. We're proud of their contribution to society.
Promotion and Education, Chairperson
Mahoning County Farm Bureau, Inc.