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Nanny state is becoming a reality

Government drones are taking to the skies over your home and mine to make sure you don't drink more pop than the government allows and to ward off those extra pounds picked up at your favorite fast food joint.

It's becoming a government obsession to make certain that you and your family do not drink a super sized soda, or snack on extra large French fries or indulge yourself in a burger that's more than one's daily intake of fat, carbohydrates or sugar.

Since when did government need to be involved in what you eat or drink? Yes, obesity is on the rise in this country. Yes, fewer people eat at home than in the 1950s. And, yes, we love our pop — super sized, please. Does that mean that guys like New York's Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, media mogul, need to outlaw the jumbo pop in the Big Apple? Or does the first lady need to summon the power of the White House to tell us we're fat and getting fatter? No, I don't think so.

I'd rather the first lady talk to her husband about jobs for unemployed Americans. Or, maybe she could talk about raising the test scores of public schools across this great country. Or, maybe she and Mayor Bloomberg could team up and do something about crime in the streets of America.

That brings me back to those drones that have been taking out terrorists in the Middle East. Perhaps those drones could be used on our borders to keep out terrorists, illegal migrants, and drug dealers that are invading our border states. A few well placed drone attacks in Mexico might force the cartels to take their business elsewhere. It works in Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere in that troubled area of the Middle East. Let's try it close to home.

Seriously, the government does not need to concern itself with the size of soda pop or fat burgers. We have mothers that'll manage those problems.

—Keith Hansen

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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