From the Free Press
The trans fat battle, pitting what tastes good against what's good for you, arrived Thursday in Michigan.
Hoping to follow the lead of New York City, Oakland County Commissioner Marcia Gershenson wants to ban heart-unhealthy trans fat from more than 4,000 restaurants in the county by the end of 2008. Meanwhile, a state legislator from Flint said he wants to ban all Michigan restaurants from using trans fat.
Gershenson, D-Beverly Hills, said the government should protect its citizens' health. But she has personal reasons, too.
"I just lost my mother to a massive heart attack. She had a diet that was extraordinarily high in trans fat. And at some point, we decided that if this is what makes her happy, so be it," she said. "But it's a tremendous loss that I carry with me every day."
Her mother, who was 80, died last year.
State Rep. Lee Gonzales, a Flint Democrat, plans to introduce similar legislation in Lansing in the next few weeks. His diabetic son and overweight grandchild inspired his bills.
"Then one day near my house, I took a look at kids getting off the school bus and four of the kids were noticeably overweight," he said.
One good comment from Royal Oak of all places.
"We don't use trans fats here at all. But I just love it when the government sticks their noses into everything. It's very un-American," said Pete Mitchell, co-owner of the Athens Coney Island in Royal Oak. "Why do we need them telling us what to do? We're big boys, we'll figure it out."
This should be a business decision and not the decision of big government. We have enough Leftist red tape in this state as it is. If a restaurant wants to use trans fats, let them. Nobody is forcing someone to eat there. If they don't want to use them, that's fine too. This should be a market decision, and not a decision made by the leftist democrats who want to yet again, increase government.