Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Opinion

January 12, 2014

EDITORIAL: Don't ignore 50 years of knowledge

(Continued)

WHAT TO MAKE of people continuing to shortchange their future in the face of irrefutable evidence? We at The News wish we had a clue.

Our best guess makes us sad about the human condition. A segment of the population, it seems, is steadfast in poor decision-making. It starts smoking to fit in with peers, perhaps, or stake a claim to rebellion. Addiction sets the hook. Then it kills.

The obvious course of action is continued education of our children. Those who present evidence of smoking’s dire effects can hardly be accused of being alarmist. Facts are facts. And maybe, one day, an entire new generation of people faced with those facts will make a better choice.

Maybe.

As it stands today, smokers can mark 50 years of not being able to say they didn’t know better.

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Three Goshen elementary schools — Chandler, Chamberlain and West Goshen — are providing free meals to all students during the school year as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Nearly 80 percent of students at Chandler, 89 percent of students at Chamberlain and 78 percent of students at West Goshen already qualify for free or reduced-price lunches based on their family income. How do you feel about the new lunch program?

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