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Letters to the Editor: Monday, January 12, 2009

Oklahoman Published: January 12, 2009
Love-Holland, Moore

Friends and foes
After seeing The Oklahoman’s coverage of the Jan. 5 anti-Israel protest at the state Capitol, including signs equating Judaism with Nazism, I wondered what would happen to Jewish protesters holding a pro-Israel rally in the capital of an Islamic or Arab country. How long would they remain alive? I was reminded of the difference in the response to 9/11: Palestinians passed out candy and celebrated as if they’d just won the Super Bowl. Israelis flew flags at half-staff and had a national day of mourning. Most Americans can see who our friends are and who our enemies are.

Gary Beasley, Oklahoma City

The bigger problem
Regarding "States remain focused on childhood obesity” (Our Views, Jan. 5): As a dietitian, I think banning junk food may encourage students to opt for healthier snacks, but if schools are really committed to improving students’ eating habits, they must solve a bigger problem. As the rates of childhood obesity and other chronic diseases skyrocket, students across the nation continue to go through lunch lines packed with high-fat, high-cholesterol foods. Students who fill up on pepperoni pizzas, hot dogs and cheeseburgers have little appetite for fruits, vegetables and other healthful foods. The upcoming reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act, which determines what foods are served in the National School Lunch Program, is the perfect opportunity to make a difference in school nutrition.

Under the new act, every child in America should have access to a low-fat vegetarian meal and fresh fruits and vegetables every day. Healthful snack options are significant, but let’s not miss this rare opportunity to clean up the lunch line as well.

Kathryn Strong, Washington, D.C.

Strong is staff dietitian for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.


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