After they axe education, they'll need a bigger prison budget! Doesn't Idaho already have a high enough drop-out rate? By increasing class size and demoralizing the teaching profession with "Luna-cy", the problem will be compounded. We can re-name our state IdaSsippi (yes, my parents were both public school teachers...I learned how to spell Mississippi!).
As a registered nurse and a nutritionist, I couldn't agree more in the individual's personal responsibility for her/his health! That being said, why aren't lawmakers creating legislation to prohibit the "food" industry from using non-food and processed food substances that are causing illness and disease in the public? Our future - our children are unhealthy, largely due to bad food! There was an audible collective public gasp recently when the news reported that Taco Bell served less than 30% meat in its taco "meat". Consumers can't keep up with the barrage of unethical, however legal, practices of the food industry.
Legislators are simply viewing this problem in the wrong paradigm. It is well-known that industries do not police themselves well (Wall Street, S&L collapse, 3-Mile Island, etc.). The idea that billion-dollar fast food, and convenience food barons are going to show social responsibility is nonsense. The consumer market IS driving some positive changes, but not fast enough. The cost to society in health care dollars is huge, and you are paying far more than they are. The New York Times article two years ago put it best: "The High Cost of Cheap Food"! When I vote for politicians, I look for individuals who will protect the public, not corporate, interest. The public is you, me, our families and friends!
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