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Justin McLeod's Blog

July 20, 2012
(Page 16 of 40)


A rant

My latest blog entry is something I've talked about before but now I am officially on a crusade.  People are too rude and too mean.  Sure, I realize this has been a problem since the beginning of time but lately it's been out of control.  We need to nip it in the bud.  Will you join my crusade?

The problem is especially bad online.  I can't believe what some will write on facebook, in an e-mail, or on the comment section of our website.  Let me give you some recent examples.  A News 7 viewer e-mailed us criticizing our news.  Here at News 7 we don't mind criticism.  We are not perfect and can always do better.  But this e-mail was totally inappropriate.  

This person wrote "what will happen once Robin (who is great) leaves?  Who will replace him?  The guy with the lisp, or the guy with cancer?  I'm ignoring the guy (Brent) who seems like a tool."    At this moment, I want you to pause and think about what this person just wrote.

This e-mail was rude, mean, and disgusting.  You can add your own adjective.  Here is the bottom line, why would anyone ever write something like this?

It doesn't stop there.  On one of my colleague's facebook page, a gentleman posted that she looked like she had gained a few pounds lately.  Again, very rude.  She sent him an e-mail explaining her situation.  He sent an e-mail back saying "good to know."  Really dude?, you can't apologize.  My colleague defriended him on facebook.  He turned around and sent her a friend request.  

What I don't think these people realize is your words hurt.  Don't put in writing what you wouldn't say to someone's face.  I can be a mean and blunt person at times so I don't want to sound like a hypocrite but this mean streak some people have is over the top.  BE KIND TO ONE ANOTHER!

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July 13

Food Fight

I am kinda baffled by all the criticism of First Lady Michelle Obama and her recent big lunch.  Mrs. Obama visited Shake Shack in Washington D.C. and ordered a hamburger, fries, a chocolate shake, and a diet coke.  It is basically a meal with more than 1,500 calories.   Some are criticizing Michelle Obama because she advocates the Let's Move! campaign to end childhood obesity.  Critics are saying she is a hypocrite.  Not so in my opinion.

Let me get this straight, the First Lady can never eat a hamburger and fries?  I would be concerned if she was eating like this on a regular basis.  This woman isn't fat and having a hamburger and fries one time isn't going to make her fat.  Leave her alone.  

While I'm at it, I am not a big fan of blaming McDonalds and other fast food restaurants for making kids fat.  What ever happened to parental responsibility?  Parents take their kids to McDonalds and they buy it.  Why can't we share the blame?  The best way to fight childhood obesity is for parents to stop taking their kids to the fast food joints.  When I was a kid, McDonalds was a treat we got every few weeks, not several times a week.

Just for the record I try to limit my fast food intake to once a week.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.  After reading and seeing all the criticism about Mrs. Obama, I am in the mood for a burger and fries! 

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