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Letters to the Editor

Article captures essence of Bowden's message

I wanted to let you know that I really appreciate Brandon Brigman's article ("Thousands show up to see Bowden," Sports, March 23) about Bobby Bowden's visit. I am a member of North Metro and took my two oldest sons to see Coach Bowden. He had a terrific message and Brandon portrayed it well.

Too often today Christian events and comments are omitted or watered-down, but this article was well-written and carried the message coach wanted to share. Hats off to the Post for printing it and to Brandon for an exceptional article.

- Tim Miller

Buford

Obesity surgery reflects society's overmedicalization

A recent article ("Experts: Obesity surgery triples among U.S. teens," March 7, Health & Wellness) says that obesity surgery is rapidly rising among teenage Americans. This sad trend reflects the medicalization of all aspects of American life, a phenomenon that is poisoning our young people's minds.

We are trying to heal social problems with a surgeon's knife or a magic pill. Can't measure up to the barrage of unrealistic body images? Then go get plastic surgery. Don't have time for raising your kids? Send the kids to the psychiatrist for a diagnosis and a psychotropic meds.

Can't muster the energy to fix a healthy meal and lack the self-control to stop eating? There's a surgery for that too.

Obesity surgery may be intended for the morbidly obese, but the message is strong for young Americans: There is a quick fix. It might be a painful procedure but it is easier than mustering self-control. It's easier than making parents responsible for their children's health.

Obesity surgery is another sweep-it-under-the-rug medical treatment for an ever-enlarging social problem.

- Lindsey B. Radabaugh

Braselton

Anger over child's death expressed skillfully

Editor's note: This letter was sent to columnist Nate McCullough in regard to his column ("No punishment severe enough for boy's killer," March 23, Perspective) about the sexual assault and murder of Christopher Barrios in Brunswick.

I read your viewpoint regarding little Christopher Barrios. I could not believe that the words in print were the exact words I would have used if I had been able to write my viewpoint.

You expressed the anger that I felt toward the despicable people that were responsible for his death and the hurt that I felt for that little child. What a horrible way for a child to die. Isn't it bad enough that children die each day from illness or accidents?

But for a child to die in this manner is beyond reason. It is extremely hard to know that our country has gotten to the place where these monsters will live, breathe, eat and sleep in somewhat comfort while Christopher's family will never know peace. They will be forever plagued by nightmares, guilt and helplessness that we can only imagine.

I commend you for having the guts to put into print what many would not. I follow your columns and usually laugh but this time I cried. I sincerely hope that justice will be done.

- Marie Bath

Lawrenceville

Bury the celebrities then fight over the inheritance

It's still unofficial, but as near as I can tell the late James Brown edged out Anna Nicole Smith for the longest wake, or should I say wait, in history.

It's a darn shame that when some celebrities die that their heirs can't even agree on where or when to bury the body much less who the baby's daddy is.

There ought to be a law that states if a body isn't buried within two weeks then all funds are hereby forfeited to charity and the heirs get zilch. That ought to speed things up a bit. Probably would have to add an express lane down at the funeral home to accommodate the mad rush.

At least the deceased could rest in peace while their so-called loved ones continue to duke it out over the money.

- Deryl Duncan

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