It was just yesterday when I wrote about the "I know what's best for you" syndrome that tempts us all occasionally. Now comes a woman who could be the poster girl for the malady:
A Fargo, N.D., woman says she will give trick-or-treaters that she deems "moderately obese" a letter instead of candy this Halloween.
"I just want to send a message to the parents of kids that are really overweight. ... I think it's just really irresponsible of parents to send them out looking for free candy just 'cause all the other kids are doing it," the woman said in a morning radio interview with Y94. She wouldn't identify herself.
The letter states: "You child is, in my opinion, moderately obese and should not be consuming sugar and treats to the extent of some children this Halloween season."
Me, I leave the porch light off and let the little beggars pass me by. So I'm not enabling a sugar high but not laying a guilt trip on anyone, either. Someone who gives out "treats" like this can probably expect a nasty little trick or two. She belongs on a city council somewhere -- New York, perhaps?