Archives: Op-Ed

No, bag the bag fee

(February 4th, 2011)

The Virginia General Assembly was considering fees legislation that would have taxed (or banned) plastic bags in order to discourage their use and save the environment. Fortunately for Virginians, these proposals have been tabled — for now.

While the argument for bag taxes seems simple enough — replacing plastic bags with reusable...

What do trial lawyers and candy bans have in common? As the nation's waist-lines grew over the past 10 years, so did calls for more and more invasive government controls of what and how much we eat. While anti-obesity puritans have proposed some pretty ludicrous controls (such as putting...

Santa’s a big guy — so what?

(December 22nd, 2010)

The festive weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s always provide plenty of reasons to push dieting plans aside until it’s time to make resolutions. But with obesity rates rising, anti-fat activists have gotten increasingly cheerless in their calls for slimming down. Even Santa hasn’t been spared.

Last winter Australian researchers...

Number inflated

(December 3rd, 2010)

I'm writing to correct some information about the Humane Society of the United States. The nation's wealthiest animal rights group often says it has 11 million members, but its own tax records and fundraising letters show that this is a dramatically inflated number ("Humane Society gets first Nebraska...

"Proposition B" ballot initiative passed by a small margin on Election Day, created what may be the mother of all unintended consequences. As things stand, a flood of unwanted dogs could be pouring into Missouri pet shelters in the coming months.

Most of Proposition B is redundant, calling for standards...

Finger waggers, stuff it

(November 23rd, 2010)

If you're like most Americans, you're looking forward to loading up your plate this Thanksgiving. You can already taste the turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Oh, and pass the gravy.

But for America's self-anointed food watchdogs, Thanksgiving may as well be Black Thursday. These public health puritans look...

Mark Haub decided he was going on a diet. But rather than stocking up on salads and Slim-Fast, the Kansas State professor of nutrition decided to try something different: Twinkies, doughnuts and an occasional hot dog.

Here's the catch: He kept his daily food intake at 1,800 calories. He also...

Happy Meal ban illogical

(November 17th, 2010)

Eric Mar's defense of his Happy Meal ban fails to draw a direct link between toys and children's weight. That's because no such link exists. There's no convincing evidence that the meals themselves cause childhood obesity. A 2007 study in the journal Obesity failed to find a significant association between fast-food...

 

We all hear scary stories on Halloween: razor blades in caramel apples, poisoned candy, metal shavings in lollipops and maybe even a serial killer or two wearing hockey masks. Eerie...

Fructose Confusion

(October 16th, 2010)

The Post-Gazette was incorrect in writing that the human body processes high
fructose corn syrup differently from table sugar ("What's in a Name?" Oct. 9 editorial).

The American Medical Association stated in 2008 that corn sugar and table sugar
have a similar composition, "particularly on absorption by the body." The
American...