Magazine article Insight on the News

Arguing the Case of Personal Responsibility V. Fast Food. (Correspondence)

Magazine article Insight on the News

Arguing the Case of Personal Responsibility V. Fast Food. (Correspondence)

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"Big Food Fight" [July 15] was a great article. I can only summarize by saying that our nation is turning away from holding individuals accountable for their irresponsible behavior.

My father died of lung cancer after 30 years of smoking. I have never thought, nor would he have thought, that he should receive money from any cigarette manufacturer.

News flash: Tobacco causes cancer, eating fast food makes you fat, unprotected sex invites sexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS and illegal drugs are the primary cause of crime. All of these actions cost me--the non-smoking, non-fast-food-eating, faithfully married, non-drug-using taxpayer --money. So how about holding the irresponsible responsible?

 
Bill Sweeney 
Willis, Texas 

Life is a fatal condition that results in the death of everyone who participates. It often results in immense medical costs and the loss of productivity when people participating in life get sick or injured and ultimately die.

Such a hazardous and expensive activity as "life" must be taxed--at least--to pay for its costs, and preferably outlawed since it is so dangerous. …

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