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August 30, 2013

First I would like to thank the First Lady for her contributions to our youth in getting them active and eating healthier....

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Aug-30-13 2:57 AM

I have to agree with the letter writer. Children today are lazy. Of course it would be politically incorrect for the first last to state this. But I was never known to be PC. Call it what it is. Their obese because they sit on their butts and play with their electronics and watch their flat screen TVs while munching on junk food. When was the last time anyone saw kids walking the neighborhood with lawnmowers, rakes or shovels trying to earn extra money? Now you see the parents out cutting the grass, raking the leaves and shoveling the snow while the kids sit inside doing nothing. Start getting these kids off their butts and being more active and you will see the obesity rate decline. Oh, and I know parents work very hard to make it in today's economy, but try using a crock pot instead of fast food for dinner two or three times a week. I realize it's just easier to grab McDonald's, but the grease dripping from the burgers isn't very good for your kids electronics, or their health.

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Aug-30-13 3:53 AM

I agree with Mr. Weigle. Our parents always provided for our needs, our wants were up to us.I mowed alot of grass, pulled alot of weeds, swept alot of sidewalks.I also learned to have a work ethic and do for others.We rode bikes or walked all over town, to the beach (grew up in Calif.)It's a different time now, it's not safe to do that in many areas.We weren't mollycoddled or spoiled.We had good friends and our parents knew thier parents.We were taught acceptable behavior and it was expected of us.We had no technology back then to occupy our time so we filled it with other things. We ate real homecooked meals and G-pa always had a garden.We were just so more active back then then kids are today.

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Aug-30-13 4:02 AM

Cap, re: greasy fast food My g-pa was portugese and a great cook.He cooked everything with lard (remember that?)He also worked hard as a carpenter and didn't semi retire till he was 70. He lived to 96. I think it's finding the balance between diet and activity. It worked for him.

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Aug-30-13 5:13 AM

Schools all over the country are dropping Moocherella's lunch program because the students are tired of going hungry.

And as reported in the DailyMail, the food "tastes like vomit." Schools are losing hundreds of thousands of dollars in food being thrown out every year.

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Aug-30-13 5:22 AM

A couple of thoughts: First, In the late 50s, a fellow wrote a book called, "Where did you go? Out. What did you do? Noting." He believed that kids needed to live in their own world, settle their own disputes, make their own entertainment. It is a great book and as true now as ever. Of course, this assumed that parents and other adults were always in the background in case something went seriously wrong. Also, I think that a childhood that doesn't include some activities that could result in injury, is a a dull childhood. Finally, it is worth noting that childhood activities usually less restricted in the country than in the city. I do think it is harder for kids to do risky stuff in a more populated area.

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Aug-30-13 5:46 AM

USA, my grandkids are already complaining about the school lunches.Nothing is actually "cooked" anymore. It is all pre-cooked, freeze dried food they just re-heat and it has no flavor. The portions are small for a growing teen's appetite and the cost went up again.

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Aug-30-13 5:48 AM

When I was a kid, whenever Dad wanted the TV channel changed, I had to get up and start turning the knob on the TV until we came to one of the 12 available channel's that he wanted to watch.

Today, we have remote controls, hundred's of channels, and Dad never has to get off the couch.

Kid's have it too easy today.

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Aug-30-13 5:56 AM

Gavin, you left out that it was a 19" B&W set and not every household had one back then.LOL

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Aug-30-13 6:00 AM

Gavin, I agree. My son-in-law is a drill instructor at Parris Island and he told me it is getting harder and harder to train young Marines because of their poor physical condition. Parents need to wake up and address this issue. They aren't doing their kids any favors by ignoring it.

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Aug-30-13 6:06 AM

"As we all know, youth obesity is on the increase in our country and poses a real risk to the health of our kids."-GW


Adults too.


I'm surprised that Michelle didn't take some lessons from her husband and push for a food tax on all the sugar drinks, fast foods and high fat foods. This could be used to buy seeds to plant gardens on the vacant lots in those inner cities and at the school yards in the rural areas.

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Aug-30-13 6:21 AM

"12 available channel's"--Gavin56


Ritzy neighborhood!

I guess that we were discriminated against since we only had three channels and two of those were snowy. Maybe I ought to call Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson to raise a fuss and help get some financial compensation.

Al/Jesse, I've been oppressed, suppressed, distressed, repressed, abused, and bruised by those rich white guys that wouldn't bring all those TV channels to me. You need to do something. Help me. I can't succeed in society because I missed out. I need free cable, satellite dish, Internet, cell phone, and satellite phone.

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Aug-30-13 6:30 AM

Radio, sometimes "progress" isn't always a good thing. Maybe you saw it as being used as a mule, I saw it as being given a good foundation for life.I learned alot as a kid by working that has served me well thru life. I can honestly say I had a great, happy childhood. They hadn't yet invented dysfunctional families back then.

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Aug-30-13 7:13 AM

Face it. Most kids today are fat and lazy. Most adults are overweight. All the technological developments coupled with the food industry are creating a fat, unfit country. nearly everyone mentioned food products in one way or another. I, personally, can not remember school lunches ever being very good. I think both factors are important. Actual lack of physical movement and food becoming big business. How many people love "summer food" because we can get so much 'fresh" food in our area during about four months of the year?

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Aug-30-13 7:14 AM

Radioactive, I couldn't disagree more. Supervision needed for a teenager to push a lawnmower? Give me a break. Athlete's breaking records? Maybe so, but what percentage of American kids are athletes? It seems to me, like many, you are ignoring the problem.

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Aug-30-13 7:55 AM

What a ridiculous stupid letter. I am willing to bet if the tecnology was available you all would be doing the same thing. Glad to see all our youth just sitting around and do nothing. You people are something else. Maybe you should get out and look at all those minimum wage jobs those kids do just so they can serve you and you can complain here. Oh and Texas that is a real christian comment you gave there.

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Aug-30-13 8:09 AM

Gavin56 - your comment made me smile. In my house, we had an old wooden chair next to the TV. It was my job to turn the channels for my parents! At first, there were 5, but then we expanded to 8 and wow, there were too many choices! I'd sit on the chair, turn the channel, Dad would settle on a show, then I'd return to my seat.

I remember having to adjust the horizontal hold, color, contrast, and all those things that are not factory presets.

Once Dad came home and I was watching Star Trek, with green skinned aliens, and at first he thought something was wrong with the color settings again. Ah, simple times.

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Aug-30-13 8:09 AM

Can I get an AMEN!!

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Aug-30-13 8:13 AM

@radioactive - when I was around 12 it became my job to mow my parent's lawn and my grandparent's lawn (each around 1 acre) while on summer break from school. I used a riding mower, and was taught to add gas, check/add the oil, etc. My Dad told me if I didn't check the oil, and the motor seized up, he had a push mower I could use instead.

Mowing had to be done before I went to the pool or played with my friends.

I believe the rule is no kids on riding mowers until they are 16 (?).

To this day I am fastidious about engine upkeep.

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Aug-30-13 8:14 AM


Liberals support trial lawyers, so there is less playground equipment due to the risk of lawsuits.

Liberals coddle and excuse criminals, so our streets are not safe from gangs, pedophiles and child abduction.

Liberals seed mistrust among us, so you are no longer allowed to bring home-made goods into school, you must bring purchased, packaged goods that are less healthy.

Liberals hate capitalism, so kids who want to run a lemonade stand now must get permits or risk arrest.

Liberals hate private ownership of firearms and hunting, so schools and media promote fear of a picture or talk about firearms while humanizing dangerous animals.

Liberals developed the concept of rating music, videos and games which only results in more sales for the "forbidden" versions.

Liberals have destroyed the family unit, promoting free sex, drugs and alternative lifestyles that result in less real parenting for the children.

So, when someone laments what is happening with tod

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Aug-30-13 8:14 AM


So, when someone laments what is happening with today's kids, let's point the finger right at liberalism.

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Aug-30-13 8:16 AM

I do want to add something pertinent to the letter: I've read all sorts of reports on the internet of schools abandoning the lunch programs because kids are going hungry, they're throwing away the fruits and vegetables untouched, and there are not enough calories provided for growing children.

That being said - where are the parents in all of this? Can't they pack a simple lunch? When I was in school, I packed my lunch most days, and bought lunch on days when we had subs, pizza, or other special things.

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Aug-30-13 8:16 AM

Oh, yes, I forgot.

Our kids can't work at McDonald's or any other menial job because liberals have denigrated such work over and over while insisting such workers get paid "a living wage".

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Aug-30-13 8:17 AM

With regard to exercise, the lack of physical activity created an entire multi-billion dollar fitness and health industry.

Change creates opportunity.

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Aug-30-13 8:22 AM

When I was kid.

Oh give me a break. I agree with David rural settings versus city settings. I remember a program where kids from large cities where given an an opportunity to live with families in the suburbs or country areas for 2 weeks. You don't hear about that program anymore.

We strived for an easier life and then all you do is fault it.

I remember that what kids in my area looked forward to was the bookmobile and we could get another book to read. We few channels on the TV to watch and the progams were reruns.

The inactive kids today just how active are the parents of those kids?

Things were better when I was a kid, not really. By the second week of summer all the kids were bored. They had done everything that they wanted to do. We had to do chores not fun activities. I remember parents complaining about how lazy the kids were that the only thing they were good at was getting into trouble.

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Aug-30-13 8:25 AM

When people look back they remember the good, fun times. They remember fondly the activities. They don't remember the medicore and the mundane everyday activities.

They will remember the tragic also but even that gets sugar coated.

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