By Mary Starrett
December 5, 2003
In honor of this, officially proclaimed "Tolerance Week (December 1-5th) I've compiled a list of recent events toward which I'm feeling anything BUT tolerant.
Government lawsuits cost taxpayers billions each year. Examples of some of the more ridiculous payouts include what the city of Scottsdale, Arizona coughed up: $28,400 to people who claimed they tripped on sidewalks, $103 to someone who drove into a curb, $10,000 to man who was chased by a goose at a city park and $26,500 to a woman who fell into a tree planter at a local parade. These awards, mind you are not at all unusual and are actually smaller than most of the damages paid out by every municipality in the country.
I'm feeling especially intolerant of the government's new war on fat. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (You didn't know we had one of those, did you?) is now urging physicians to go beyond simply suggesting patients lose weight.
Now the group recommends that docs prescribe "intensive therapy" at least twice a month for their pudgy patients. This task force, believe it or not sets the standards for medical practice, according to the Washington Post. Just thought I'd warn you. If you're overweight expect to endure pressure to go into therapy.
Talk about in-tolerance…Joshua Davey, who was a freshman at a Christian college in Washington state had his scholarship yanked because state officials didn't like that he was majoring in pastoral ministry. This week his case made it all the way to the Supreme Court. By the way, Joshua is now a first year student at Harvard law School.
Two teens who had nothing resembling Joshua Davey's character were arrested in Racine, Wisconsin for stealing a Salvation Army collection kettle and beating the 14 year old bell ringer attending it. Happy Holidays. This Tolerance Week finds me really raging (how intolerant, I know) about the 7 year old boy in Lafayette, La. Who was scolded and forced to write "I will never use the word 'gay' in school again" after he told a classmate about his lesbian mother. The ACLU's looking into that one.
I'm also feeling less than tolerant of a president who can serve turkey to the men he's sending to their deaths, for, I'm sorry, what was the exact reason again?
Intolerance is causing the bile to rise in my throat at news that Phoenix abortionist Brian Finkel, 54 was convicted on 22 counts of sexually molesting women he performed abortions on. Why act surprised and disgusted? After all a man who could dismember 30,000 babies over the course of 20 years surely couldn't have qualms about raping their mothers before the surgery. Where're the NARAL gals on this one? I don't hear their cries of "keep abortion safe and legal". The silence is deafening.
As I said, I'm feeling intolerant this week.
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Mary Starrett was on television for 21 years as a news anchor, morning talk show host and medical reporter. For the last 5 years she hosted a radio program. Mary is a frequent guest on radio talk shows. E-Mail M123STAR@aol.com
"I'm feeling especially intolerant of the government's new war on fat. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (You didn't know we had one of those, did you?) is now urging physicians to go beyond simply suggesting patients lose weight."