Marcella C Burtch has a letter to the editor in Wednesday's JG that you should read. It is entitled "Set up weigh-ins and tax fat people."
The text is copied below for your enjoyment:
Set up weigh-ins and tax fat people
Is everyone as tired of hearing about smoking as I am? Now comes the idea to raise the tax $1 a pack.
I have a plan that would raise even more money for health care. Install a scale at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles offices. Require everyone to weigh in before they get a license. Then charge $1 for every overweight pound. Next, require people to come back every six months for another weigh-in and charge them another $1 per pound.
Not only would we lose our sixth-fattest state ranking, but we would have so much money we could take care of everyone’s health needs and probably have enough left over to send everyone a birthday present.
MARCELLA C. BURTCH