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October 31, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Halloween: Lines need to be drawn

Children in costume check each other's candy collection while celebrating Halloween. Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

Children in costume check each other’s candy collection while celebrating Halloween. Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

Did we forget our commitment to a healthy country?

Halloween is not just another holiday [“Don’t be a deadbeat on Halloween,” Opinion, Oct. 30].

It is a celebration of the sugar industry (subsidized by all of us), food manufacturers (who inundate our society with junkie, processed, high-sugar foods), the weight-reducing industry and others who capitalize on a society replete with lousy health habits.

It’s also a way to teach young people to expect things (candy) from others by doing nothing in return.

You can condemn us Scrooges all you want. But if we really are committed to a healthy country, lines need to be drawn. We have epidemics of overweight people, diabetes and other out-of-control preventable diseases.

Following The Times’ philosophy, let’s just teach the kids to demand candy, stuff it into their mouths now and then cluck our tongues when they become adults.

Matt Nadler, Seattle

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