Ada County people stillengage in bad habits
Being ranked in the top 10 of the healthiest counties in Idaho is a great achievement. Ada County is one of the largest counties in Idaho, and it still is able to place seventh. However, I do not believe that the people in Ada County or even in Idaho, take the issue of healthy living seriously.
Sixteen percent of adults in Ada County smoke, and 17 percent of adults excessively drink. Even after decades of proof that smoking and getting drunk are not only bad for your body but are also bad for your way of living, they continue to do it. From now on, just remember, you are what you consume.
CHRISTIAN SORENSON, Meridian, sophomore, Cole Valley Christian School
KIDS & SOCIAL MEDIA
Parents can't affordto stay in the dark
Throughout the past few years, teenage use of cellphones, internet, and different social networking apps has increased. As technology advances, parents have become less and less "savvy" when it comes to social networking. Therefore they have decreased monitoring their children. Parents that would take time out of their busy lives to spend more time with their children would be better than parents who just monitor their kids more.
If parents were willing to cultivate their kids, the kids would be less inclined to participate in social media that might be inappropriate for them because they would feel loved and cared for by their parents instead of looking through social media for that love and attention they need.
We as parents and future parents need to put our children in front of other commitments in our busy lives to provide and show our love to them. Kids who feel loved and cared for do not have a desire to be involved in inappropriate social media.
MADISON GRUNZKE, Boise
School runs awayfrom son's problem
I read an article about a middle school student in Riggins whose parents turned him into police for developing a "hit list" and amassing weapons. On that hit list were students, teachers and the school resource officer.
My child is being bullied in a school district in Idaho. Initially, he was being harassed by a group of boys at his school. My son has visited the nurse's office on three occasions recently. A few days ago my son was punched in the face in class.
In a meeting with the school officials and the SRO, my child was accused of escalating the situation because he ripped a paper airplane that had been repeatedly thrown at him. The SRO explained that was escalating. I asked about accountability for the other student and was told disciplinary measures for the other student were private. I've since learned the other student received lunch-time detention.
Now I ask, had Riggins school officials done more to defuse the situation earlier, would he have escalated to the point he did? My son was assaulted in class! I, as a parent, am completely disgusted by the lack of compassion my son's school displayed toward my son.
KATHLEEN JORDAN, Meridian
ANTIBIOTIC USE IN ANIMALS
Timely bill needs support
In 2011, 37.6 million pounds of antibiotics were sold in America. Thirty million of those pounds were sold for use in meat and poultry production.
Factory farms put low doses of antibiotics in water and feed for two reasons: to promote growth, and to compensate for overcrowding and unsanitary conditions.
Hundreds of scientific studies have shown that feeding antibiotics to healthy food animals leads to drug-resistant infections in people. Bacteria that live in animals' guts develop resistance to antibiotics if they're constantly exposed to them. Those bacteria end up in animal waste and eventually our water, our food and ourselves.
Citizens and organizations across America, including myself, are working to urge passage of the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act to eliminate the misuse of antibiotics on industrial farms. Please take a moment to contact our congressmen and urge them to support this timely legislation.
And while the government slowly works on its own solution, each of us has the opportunity to vote with our wallets. Purchase meat and poultry that have been raised without antibiotics. Better yet, buy them from local farms and ranches and encourage your grocer to stock these local products.
AMANDA BUCHANAN, Weiser
More seats are needed
Restaurant owners on Idaho and 8th, where a major bus stop is Downtown, have signs up next to their seats that say, "Customers only. No bus riders, please." I can respect that, but the seats are unused three-fourths of the year.
I'm not saying the restaurant owners have to do anything. I would just like to make people more aware that there are only four seats for bus riders to use at stops where I've seen crowded with people who have nowhere to sit when they are tired from being at work or school all day.
AMY MCGRATH, Boise