WALTER H. INGE, ATLANTA
Sowell needs a fact-check
In Thomas Sowell’s column of Sept. 24, he wrote, “In all my years, I cannot recall a time when most Americans wanted war.” He apparently forgot late 2001 when about 90 percent of Americans thoroughly approved of invading and waging war against Afghanistan. The rest of his rant against President Barack Obama should have waited a few days. If it had, he might have noted today’s news of the attacks against an al Qaeda offshoot called the Khorasan Group who were busily planning attacks against us and Europe. They were the immediate threat, not Isis. Perhaps it is time for Sowell to either consider hiring someone to fact check his columns or retire.
BOB HAWKINS, DULUTH
Healthy habits start young
Regarding Helena Oliviero’s recent article on losing weight, I agree shedding pounds is simple if one is committed. What is also important to note is that health habits begin in childhood.
The number of children carrying excess weight has increased substantially. In Georgia, 35 percent of children ages 10 to 17, almost 400,000 kids, are overweight or obese. Decrease in physical activity and increase in the consumption of high-calorie foods and drinks are driving this epidemic.
Companies like mine are supporting efforts to reverse this trend. HealthMPowers is a great example. More than 200,000 Georgia students have participated in the school-based program, and a recent report showed improved health behaviors and lower BMIs for many of them.
Health habits start young. Just as an overweight child is more likely to become an overweight adult, physically active children who eat well will likely continue those healthy habits into adulthood.
MARK KISHEL, M.D., MEDICAL DIRECTOR, BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF GEORGIA
Blame lame ducks for nation’s malaise
In response to “Republican stands hard to support” (Readers Write, Sept. 23), it seems the writer has forgotten or does not know enough about government to know the United States has two houses of government in Congress. One house is controlled by Democrats, the other, by Republicans. To simply place the blame on the Republicans is totally inconceivable. If you want to place blame, place it on both parties. They seem to not agree on anything.
We are supposed to have a president who will lead Congress in making decisions, but Obama would rather play golf and take vacations. If we have such a weak leader, how can Congress get anything done? You can vote any way you want to. That’s your right. Don’t place the blame just on the Republicans. The Democrats are just as guilty. Lame duck president, lame duck Congress.
STEVE MALOY, COVINGTON