Monthly Archives: May 2005

Tax on Fast Food


Here is a story from USA Today to give you some back ground.

Now, how I feel. This man is brilliant. So much of this proposal makes sense and can do a whopper of good for the community. Sorry, couldn’t resist.

We all know that fast food is not a necesity. Not only is it not a necessity, but it is virtually a toxic wolf in sheeps clothing preying on the weak taste buds of our cities. The statisics prove that people are more obese and unhealthy than ever. I think there are many reasons for this and fast food is certainly one of them. Now eating a Big Mac once every couple months isn’t going to make a difference to your health. Eating one everyday, that will. Cigarettes are taxed. Alcohol is taxed. Why not fast food? Like the lottery, this could bring much needed money to our cities. Recently in Racine, a school referendum was denied. Because of this, it is likely that all high school sports will be cancelled. Voters refuse to pay for the needs of the schools through property taxes. Well, in this particular area, why not have a portion of this fast food tax allocated to help schools with their rising costs?

Since we are sort of on topic, I would like to mention that I think it is ridiculous that you have to pay out of the nose to eat healthy in this country. And on the other token, eating junk is more than significantly cheaper. Lean meats, produce, whole grains…they have outrageous costs. Big Mac, Whopper, Frosty…less than a buck. And we wonder why poverty stricken people are often obese? Duh.

We need to straighten out some priorities. We need to implement common sense into the fabric of our government, laws, and policies. I think every city should look into this proposal and follow Detroits example. Whether is causes a deterant to eating as much fast food or simply brings higher revenues to our communities, what’s the worst that could happen? Either way, we win.




Scared to Death of Death


Now for something a wee bit personal…

Eight years ago I was diagnosed with Panic Disorder. I tried counsling, pills, and other forms of treatment. None of them really worked. About 1 1/2 years ago the attacks were getting worse and started to include very noticable palpitations. One day I ended up in the ER with a heart rate of 153. That rate sustained for about 6 hours with the attempt to use vagel exercises. They finally gave me a beta blocker and it returned to normal. After some testing, a cardiologist diagnosed me with SVT and said I probably never had Panic to begin with. Since then I have taken a beta blocker daily and have not had any more ‘panic attacks’. The medication has changed my life and I am very grateful for it. However, I have developed this huge fear of death. I am constantly thinking about it. I am constantly looking for answers about death and an afterlife. I am always imagining or dreaming about my death. I am straight up scared to death of death. I was not raised in any religion. I do not have a strong faith. I want to believe in an afterlife very much and have a hard time living with the knowledge that it is quite possible that one does not exsist. I had a baby girl about 8 months ago. I fear daily that I will not be able to see her grow up, that I will not see her get married, and have her own kids. I fear I will die much too young..and then even worse, that there is nothing after this life. I am always scared and I am sick of it! I want to be able to live my life in the moment. I do not want to waste anymore time being in fear. What can I do? I logically in my brain know what to say to myself. I know it is not rational to be this way..yet I do not have the tools to simply stop.