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Opinion Letters

In response to last week’s editorial comments made by Larry Davis. Obesity is a nationwide problem, not just a Macon County one, and it has been highlighted in the news by public health advocates like Kathy McGaha for over a decade. I have a great respect for people like Ms. McGaha, who regardless of the obstacles placed before them, take action as opposed to those who stand by and criticize others. To only point out the negatives and not be a part of the obesity solution is nonproductive.

Ms. McGaha’s greatest strength is her ability to pull people together, build consensus and implement action plans to improve the health of her community. Her record as Director of Healthy Carolinians for more than a decade speaks for itself.

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Larry Davis’ letter in the Dec. 8th issue of the MCN pointed out the importance of teachers and medical personnel setting examples of health and wellness for their patients or students. However, I feel this excellent message was lost by pointedly mentioning by name a woman he describes as “extremely obese” who is in an administrative position in the health care field. I think this naming was unnecessary, hurtful and in poor taste. I am surprised further more that you printed the lady’s name.

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I just got my copy of the Dec. 8, Macon County News and began reading the “Letters to the Editor” and was appalled at the letter you printed by Larry Davis.

First of all, as a former now retired teacher in Macon County schools, I highly object to Mr. Davis’ opinion that “a visit to any of our public schools will show that a very high percentage of our teachers are obese.” It is very obvious to me that he has never visited any of our schools.

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If there is a single apropos word to acknowledge Larry Davis’ letter of Dec. 8, “Macon residents simply eat unhealthy food,” that word is OUCH!

However, on the truth-o-meter, Mr. Davis’ letter rings the bell, right on the money. Obesity is a problem throughout much of America (especially here in the south) and true, it isn’t a “mystery,” neither is the solution anything akin to rocket science.

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