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AIR DATE: March 21, 2013

Several bills in the Nevada legislature would change the way fast food restaurants do business. One would require them to post the calorie counts for all items on the menu. And the other would tax fast food to encourage consumption of healthier fare. But a judge recently struck down a law to restrict the size of sugary drinks in New York, raising questions about the fate of similar laws on food. While lawmakers work to control what people eat, the mental health care system seems to be getting more out of control. Authorities in California accused Nevada mental health providers of dumping patients in their state. And the recent police fatality review of Stanley Gibson raised questions about gaps in the mental health safety net. On the national and international levels, Congress is considering gun control legislation and Catholic cardinals just picked a new pope — the first from the Southern hemisphere. We'll talk about that and more in this edition of "What's on Your Mind?"

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Dayvid Figler, attorney

Laurel Fee, Editor, Trunc

Ian Mylchreest, Senior Producer, KNPR's State of Nevada

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    COMMENTS:
    Regarding a tax on fast food, this is a ridiculous idea -- not because it interferes with liberty or any such thing, but because we are already paying taxes to subsidize the crops that go into fast food. All we have to do to make unhealthy food cost more is to stop paying farmers to make its ingredients. Two benefits would emerge. First, our tax burden would go down. Second, our food quality would go up. And although cheap food would be less available, quality food would be more palatable due to its comparable price. We'd be a healthier nation. A side effect would be to bring insurance costs down as well, due to our improved health.
    Nancy NiesMar 17, 2013 10:36:44 AM
    I would like to point out that the veteran NCO caller that commented on the owner of an unsecured car being liable.. etc, was referring to the law observed on US bases around the world as well as in the United States. It's not a reason why you don't live in Germany.
    MarshalMar 14, 2013 10:40:30 AM
    Figler is correct. If you leave your car running with the door open and a child gets in and causes damage, inury or death...YOU should be liable. It's the same principle with a gun.
    catfishMar 14, 2013 10:31:35 AM
    I think there should be a tax on food items and possibly other life-style choices that are known to place an additional burden on our health care system. The goal should not necessarily be to dissuade people from indulging in unhealthy choices, but instead to offset, to some degree, the additional expense these choices ultimately make to the state. It is important that the funds collected from this tax are applied to the state's health care related expenses.
    KenMar 14, 2013 10:15:51 AM
    Government is involved in every decision we make throughout the day e.g.,speed limits,smoking in public areas, making drugs such as marijuana illegal etc. These sanctions are all in place for the well being of our society to include health cost reduction. How is regulating peoples consumption of high calorie foods not another form of harm reduction and overall economic benefit.
    EddieMar 14, 2013 10:13:39 AM
    Government is involved in every decision we make throughout the day e.g.,speed limits,smoking in public areas, making drugs such as marijuana illegal etc. These sanctions are all in place for the well being of our society to include health cost reduction. How is regulating peoples consumption of high calorie foods not another form of harm reduction and overall economic benefit.
    EddieMar 14, 2013 10:13:15 AM
    Government is involved in every decision we make throughout the day e.g.,speed limits,smoking in public areas, making drugs such as marijuana illegal etc. These sanctions are all in place for the well being of our society to include health cost reduction. How is regulating peoples consumption of high calorie foods not another form of harm reduction and overall economic benefit.
    EddieMar 14, 2013 10:13:02 AM
    Always going after the hard working Americans.
    Tony Mar 14, 2013 10:02:43 AM
    Government is involved in every decision we make throughout the day e.g.,speed limits,smoking in public areas, making drugs such as marijuana illegal etc. These sanctions are all in place for the well being of our society to include health cost reduction. How is regulating peoples consumption of high calorie foods not another form of harm reduction and overall economic benefit.
    EddieMar 14, 2013 10:00:56 AM
    The tobacco industry is the same as the fast food industry in that they are "bad actors" in our economy. They promote products that have been scientifically proven to cause harm to the citizens of our country. I DO NOT SEE ANY PROBLEM TAXING EITHER OF THEM!!!
    Jim JovanovichMar 14, 2013 09:59:37 AM
    My 2 year old son has cerebral palsy and epilepsy. The medication he is on decreases his appetite to the point that his weight doesn't even register on growh charts. We have to feed him the most caloricly dense food possible just to keep him from starving to death. We are a military family with only one working adult. An additional tax would hurt families like mine who are just trying to put some weight on their underweight children.
    JessicaMar 14, 2013 09:52:54 AM
    There needs to be a penalty for people that are overweight. I pay for their habits in my health care premium. Why should I have to do this? They are infringing on my freedoms. When someone's actions infringe on others, they loose their freedoms.
    kittyMar 14, 2013 09:44:45 AM
    Perhaps we should penalize people who put salt on their food, or who consume alcohol, or sunbathe, or, heaven's forbid, climb a ladder to trim their own trees? It gets ridiculous pretty fast, doesn't it? My suggestion would be that you pay for your health care and all other government "services" you choose to consume, and I pay for mine. Then you won't have to use the coercive force of government to, on your behalf, infringe on the liberties of others!
    Tom HurstMar 14, 2013 09:57:16 AM
    Your premiums do not go up due to someone being overweight. Thats a misconception. They go up to pay for the ceo who needs to buy himself a brand new car or pay to have his mansions cleaned.The weather, the way people drive in certain states. Its not the overweight persons fault. They are not infringing in your freedoms either. When you focus on a certain group of people, maybe your infringing on there freedoms.
    TonyMar 14, 2013 10:29:20 AM
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