Here is my open letter to Mr. Yeager in a plea for sanity:
Dear Mr. Yeager,
I do not work for the fast food industry. I did about 22 years ago when I was in high school, but that has no bearing on my plea to stop the insane legislation you are proposing.
I am a 37 year old male who grew up in Santa Clara Valley and current reside there. I have three children, ages 10, 7 and 4 and I place a lot of value in their health and happiness. My wife and I make their lunches every day and provide a balance between fun and healthy items within that lunch.
As a parent, it is my responsibility to ensure that my kids are taught right from wrong, fact from fiction, and healthy from not. I abhore the idea that we have to legislate for the parents who do not take that initiative to be watchful for their children's health. Does it sound right that kids should be penalized for poor management of their caloric intake by their parent(s)? To blame the meal because it includes a toy as the culprit is just insane thinking. The meal is still going to be cheap and affordable for those in need of a quick dinner. Where will this line of thinking stop? Maybe a ban on video game sales in Santa Clara because kids sit too much in front of the T.V.?
In today's health concious society, their are many options for parents wanting to find a better balance within their fast-food options. Many fast food companies allow you to substitue poor health oriented food like french fries and soda with apple slices and milk.
You know who is to blame - the parents. You know who is going to suffer - the independent business owners and the children.
I have a saying I garnered from Armstrong and Getty radio and it goes like this:
'You cannot legislate stupidity or ignorance'
Please stop wasting money on poor legislation and do something else for the kids to get them fit. After school programs and activities that get the children away from the T.V. and Computer are what they need. Put your funding and your money into those programs - better our parks, our education and public safety and the kids will go out and play.
Well, there it is in a nutshell - you really cannot fault a politician for attempting to make a name for himself, but there are better ways to find a solution to this problem. For now, I guess my kids will be penalized for the few irresponsible parents out there.
My blog - my two cents.