A California woman is suing McDonalds, demanding they stop including toys in kids' meals. The woman says her kids force her to buy the meals which she says are unhealthy simply to get the trinkets inside.
There are so many things wrong with this, I don't know where to start. First of all, McDonalds does offer "healthier alternatives" like apple slices she can order for her kids. Second, if you don't like what McDonalds serves, go somewhere else. Third, how about buying your own healthy food and preparing it yourself instead of feeding your kid at a fast food restaurant. Maybe we should sue the parent because she's not looking out for the well being of her kids. Fourth, why not just tell the kids "no". What an idea!
These days it seems these "soccer mom" type of parents don't dare discipline their kids out of fear they will hate them or get mad and not be their "friends". Sorry folks, but spare the rod and spoil the child. It's a tough world, and when you give in to kids when they make demands when they are younger, they will think they are entitled to everything when they are older and beyond your control. That's why we seem to have a society of "victims" who sue whenever they don't get their way.
The City of Sioux Falls SD is a prosperous little city that can hardly control it's growth. I lived there for 4 years and met my wife there in 1996. We spent two days there last week and continue to shake our heads at how much has changed every time we go there.
There are two hospitals in Sioux Falls, Sanford and Avera, formerly SiouxValley and McKennan. Those two entities are out-of-control monsters on self-prescribed steriods. They are the Yankees and Red Sox of health care, each one trying to outdo the other in what they offer.
Don't get me wrong, they must employ tens of thousands of people, but you cannot tell me there isn't some duplication in the services they offer. And that, right there, is a picture of American health care. On the one hand you have competition, which supposedly makes both sides better, to the benefit of the consumer and providing jobs to many. On the other hand, with Obamacare and Big Brother coming in to take are of all of us, you have to wonder who will blink first. Will the government shut down one of these giants for the sake of efficiency and cost savings?
On a side note, my wife and I were approached at least once by a panhandler, asking for money, and a Native American man attempted to start up a conversation that I know would have eventually led to a request for money. This in properous Sioux Falls.
As a rule I don't give money to pan handlers...there are organizations set up to help people that are so poor they have to beg, and these people are aware of these organizations. These organizations, however, don't usually hand out cash which can be quickly converted into booze or drugs, so that's why they pan handle.
And that's why I don't feel guilty not giving out a buck here and a buck there to beggars. I have, however, given left over food to people I've seen digging in garbage cans. I also contribute to my church, the Salvation Army and the United Way; just a few of those organizations that, in addition to the government, are set up to help the poor.