To the Editor:
To the parents of students at upper level schools:
I passed through a school zone during the midday lunch break this week. Many of your kids opt not to eat lunchroom fare. They flee in a rush for any of several places barely in range of their time allotment. This choice puts them at risk in traffic.
The obvious and well-known effects of the high-salt, high-sugar, high-fat, low-nutrition junk is evident in jean sizes. Low-quality food has a detrimental impact on us all.
Parents, if it is OK for your kids to go to these places, tell them it is not OK to trash the streets, sidewalks, school grounds.
They literally run to place an order, then graze walking back. The trash is simply dropped or thrown.
Just notice the paths used at lunch at any school. It’s only the second week.
Maybe they learned this at home. Maybe a social studies class should harvest the trash and do statistical study. Calculate the costs of trash removal and add to cost of cheap junk food. Send the bill to those places.
Maybe just get kids to have a little pride in themselves and school and country.
Archaeology is based on bits of daily life left by past generations. Imagine what they will think of us someday. “That society seems to have made daily offerings to the gods of plastic, styrofoam. Deposits of salt and grease are often associated with what may have been sacred places.
“Youth may have been fattened for sacrifice. There is evidence of reduced intelligence.”
Pick up your trash.