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Letter: Personal habits not government's business


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From: Jim Fleming

Columbus

Received: Jan. 4

In response to Mr. Grimm’s letter “Measuring success goes beyond bottom line,” I would like to ask why the personal health habits of the citizenry are the responsibility of the government. Government does have a role in overseeing environmental factors such as air and water pollution. However, health decisions concerning “obesity, binge drinking, sedentary lifestyles” are the personal responsibility of the individual. Like any other personal responsibility, we must learn what we have to, make our decisions and live with the consequences of our decisions. When we abdicate that responsibility we foster the growth of a nanny state that will ultimately make all our decisions for us — whether we like it or not!

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