Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Overweight Children - Adults Face Widespread Stigma and Strain copyright © 2007 Betsy L. Angert. BeThink.org In America and the European Union Overweight Kids Face [a] Widespread Stigma. Only days ago, I contemplated this truth. As I watched a family shop, I was struck. She was young, perhaps ten years old. She was very heavy. I wondered how could one little girl carry so much weight on such a small frame. The lass was sweet, quite petite, although clearly troubled. She had been shopping with her Mom, her grandmother, and her younger brother. From appearances, it seemed this family was in Target gathering wares for Grandmamma. They did not give the impression of being poor; nor did they look to be wealthy. They were average folks; they could have been you or me. This family did not dress well. Their clothes were clean, just not stylish. Were this group more fashion conscious pants, shirts, and shoes would have been color-coordinated. Patterns might have blended in a manner that was more appealing. However, I guess they were comfortable in casual apparel. After all, making purchases in a discount department store does not require a person to dress with finesse. Simply covering your body is sufficient for such a chore. The family of four entered the checkout line. I was standing behind them. Their exchanges were pleasant. The children each chose to purchase an item for themselves. Grandmother and Mom paid for their goods, as did the boy. Then the young woman did her transaction. The cashier rang up the sale. Dollars passed from one hand to another. There was change. The school age girl went to place her pennies, nickels, quarters, and dimes into her tiny purse. A single nickel fell to the ground. The coin made a sound as it plunked to the floor. The girl heard the noise...
Congress and Bush Clash; Children's Health and the Commonwealth copyright © 2007 Betsy L. Angert. BeThink.org This article first appeared at Troubled Times. I thank Steven Josselson for the opportunity to share what I believe is a vital message. Today, I am reminded of our shared purpose. We the people of the United States came together in order to form a more perfect Union. We joined as one to establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves, and our Posterity. However, it seems we have forgotten. Our children and our future suffer as, Congress, Bush Clash Over Children's Health Insurance. A Bill thought certain to pass the House and the Senate easily, is now stalled. Only days ago, it seemed the decade-old State Children's Health Insurance Program would be expanded.But the future of the $5 billion-a-year program, which serves 6.6 million children and has long enjoyed bipartisan support, has become mired in an ideological fight over the proper role of government in health care and in more mundane legislative arm-wrestling over how to fund the effort in a tight budget climate.The values and beliefs in question are those discussed early on in our nation's history. What is the role of government and what defines overwhelming authority. Mister Bush, in accordance with his presumed prerogative declares privatization of all programs is paramount. Rather than use the people's money to support us and ensure a healthy commonwealth, the bush Administration proposes programs that benefit those that already have.President Bush has attacked the proposals as big-government attempts to enlarge the federal role in health care, saying they would siphon choice away from individuals and reduce private insurance coverage for some children. He has proposed about $5 billion in new funding for children's health insurance over five years, for...

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