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RE: 'The pursuit of truth requires courage' [Opinion, 4/17/08]


Last updated 4/24/2008 at Noon

I find myself in the unlikely position of agreeing with Margot Holman. I only wonder why Margot didn’t name the scourge that has swept our nation: obesity. I applaud Margot’s courage in taking a stand against overeating and its inevitable results.

As Margot pointed out in her letter, the objective evidence is that it causes serious damage to our bodies, puts the practitioners at high risk for multiple deadly diseases, diverts hundreds of billions of dollars in public and private funds for medical research and care that could benefit victims of non-preventable diseases, who have a higher suicide rate (in fact the disease itself is a form of slow-motion suicide), and it’s acceptance and/or approval encourages our youth to engage in this highly dangerous “life style” choice (even though some consider this behavior to be genetically based).

On the other hand, we might want to have some degree of empathy and compassion for those among us who might be different, might have a different point of view. Isn’t that the Christian way? Treat one another as we, ourselves, would like to be treated.

Jon Monday


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