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Posted: Friday, February 5, 2010 11:53 am | Updated: 3:44 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

We encourage readers to submit letters to the editor on issues of interest to East Valley residents. Submissions should be no longer than 300 words, factually accurate and original thoughts of the writer. Please be brief and include name, address, city and phone number for verification. Letters and comments may be edited for clarity and length.

Submit your letter to the editor

We encourage readers to submit letters to the editor on issues of interest to East Valley residents. Submissions should be no longer than 300 words, factually accurate and original thoughts of the writer. Please be brief and include name, address, city and phone number for verification. Letters and comments may be edited for clarity and length.

Submit your letter to the editor

CHILDREN’S HEALTH

Fight obesity by steering kids away from meat

First lady Michelle Obama recently called on the U.S. Conference of Mayors to help her fight the national scourge of childhood obesity. She noted that one-third of all children are overweight or obese. She proposed healthier school-lunch fares, increased physical activity and nutrition education.

Traditionally, the National School Lunch Program has served as a dumping ground for the U.S. Department of Agriculture surplus meat and dairy commodities. Not surprisingly, the Agriculture Department’s own surveys indicate that 90 percent of American children consume excessive amounts of fat, and only 15 percent eat the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables. Their early dietary flaws become lifelong addictions, raising their risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

In the past few years, several state legislatures have asked their schools to offer daily vegetarian options. According to the School Nutrition Association, 52 percent of U.S. school districts now do. Last fall, the Baltimore public school system became the first in the United States to offer its 80,000 students a complete weekly break from meat.

Parents and others who care about our children’s health should demand healthful plant-based school meals, snacks, and vending machine items. Additional information is available at schoolnutrition.org, schoolmeals.nal.usda.gov, healthyschoollunches.org, and choiceusa.net.

DAVID RICH, MESA

KURT WARNER

Honor great role model

Almost all kids who play sports make idols of their favorite sport’s athletes. Growing up in western Pennsylvania, mine was Roberto Clemente. He played on a lot of bad Pittsburgh Pirates teams, like Kurt Warner did with the Cardinals and earlier with the St. Louis Rams. They both led quietly by demonstrating consistent and clutch performances to lead their team to league championships. They both had tremendous global field awareness to react more efficiently. Both gave to others more needy than themselves to make it a better global society. Clemente’s service to give his life helping Latin Americans suffering after an earthquake endeared him to Pittsburgh fans. Pittsburgh gave Clemente a memorial parade and put a statue of him at the end of his own bridge, which takes you to PNC Park. I hope the Cardinals have some way of thanking Warner, who retired from football in January, so we don’t forget we saw a true champion who led by example, with honor. Warner is a true role model for youngsters who love to play sports.

DR. JEFF EGER, MESA

SRP RATES

Postpone increases until economy improves

We continue to express opposition to any rate hike by Salt River Project at this time and urge the SRP board to do the same. SRP was able to make changes in costs, efficiencies and investments to postpone the previous rate hike, which was commendable. We urge SRP to continue doing the same, and more, and postpone any rate hike until such time that the economies of SRP customer households, businesses, municipalities and the state get out of this harsh recession.

Thank you.

BOB AND BARBARA SCHADL, MESA

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