A selection of reader comments from our Facebook page last week:
On poll results from a question that asked what should be the priority in this year’s legislative session:
• As usual, education comes in last — Michael W.
On a poll question asking if you agree with the Obama administration’s proposal to remove all American troops from Afghanistan after December 2014:
• Yes! — Marcia B.
• No! It will leave the country at the mercy of Al Qaeda. Why did we go there and waste all of our resources to no avail? — Marie B.
• Should be sooner. Just gives him a chance to change his mind along the way — Logan K.
• Get the Afghan military trained and then get out. Anyhow, it’s funny how some of those who are now howling about our presence in Afghanistan and Iraq stood by and cheered when Dubya sent our troops over there in the first place — Don Z.
• For the U.S. to leave now will merely give Al Qaeda and those of their ilk a foothold — Marie B.
• Unfortunately because we lack the will to do what is needed, it’s best to quit. Notice nobody talks about winning wars any more. The discussion lacks any mention of victory. Instead, the correct term is “ending wars.” They used to call that “losing” — Paul D.
On whether a ban on soda and sugar-sweetened drinks in schools will help combat the state’s obesity problem:
• Nope. Obesity problems in children start from habits formed at home — Lauren B.
• The kids aren’t eating the food at school anymore — it’s all getting wasted. Their habits are going home and gorging on food and little to no exercise ... — Carly M.
• I think it will help and send a positive message to kids and even the employees about their health! — Joya C.
• Ask any 12-year-old: Would you rather have this nutritional meal, or would you rather have a bag of chips and a Pepsi? No? ... Then realize that we are the adults and they are our children. If you want your kid to drink pop at school, then send them to school with one — Neal V.
• We were offered soda and other snacks when I attended school in the ’90s and we weren’t all obese. I think the problem is kids today are at home on games and the Internet, not playing outside. I know my child comes home starved for he won’t eat these new meals served, and honestly I don’t blame him — Angel H.
• Unfortunately, no — Yvette P.
• School food, nor the snacks that kids get at school, cause obesity. The problem is kids are not really required to participate in gym class anymore — Sonia A.
• Education is best. Banning anything just creates more interest in it. Everything in moderation — Cherie A.
• Nope, it starts in the home — Jessica M.
• Hasn’t worked yet — Leah P.
• Hmm, maybe they could ban water to keep people from drowning while they’re at it — Matt H.
• Absolutely not — Sue D.
• No, it will not help. Go to McDonald’s at 5 and 6 in the evening and you will see why — Chrissy C.