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Avoid the consequences of a pigskin pig-out

The following comes from Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal as reported by Playbook, a newsletter from Politico. Here is the projected consumption by fans attending the Super Bowl on Feb. 2:

“HOT DOGS: 21,500 ... SAUSAGES: 20,000 ... PIZZA: 7,500 individual pizzas ... 5,000 slices in ... clubs ... HOT CHOCOLATE/COFFEE: 50,000 10-ounce cups ... PRETZELS: 12,000 ... SODA: More than 30,000 bottles or fountain drinks ... CHICKEN TENDERS: 75,000 ... CHEESE STEAK SANDWICHES: 7,000 ... MEATBALLS: 20,000 ... MARINARA SAUCE: 500 gallons.”

This comes from the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

“During the past 20 years, there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States and rates remain high. More than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7percent) and approximately 17 percent (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2-19 years are obese.”

Don’t get us wrong. We are not arguing for salads and tree bark during the national holiday. We are pointing out that Americans are receiving mixed messages about consumption. We suggest that on Super Bowl Sunday, be a little careful. Stop drinking beer during the third quarter. Go back to the buffet only once or twice. Help clean up the bowls of chips and popcorn at the break between the third and fourth quarters. Cheer loudly. Enjoy the game.

Additional senseless state Senate legislation

Call it the “Merry Christmas bill.”

Senate Bill 326, sponsored by Charlestown Republican Jim Smith, tackles another of those vexing education challenges: the inability of teachers and students to share holiday greetings and gaze at Christmas scenes and symbols.

Well … not really.

It actually tackles Smith’s mistaken notion that religious references are banned from public schools. His bill states that a school corporation may “instruct students about the history of traditional winter celebrations,” which would seem to include teaching the nativity story; allows the use of “traditional greetings concerning the celebrations”; and allows “display on school property scenes or symbols associated with traditional winter celebrations if certain conditions are met and the scenes or symbols do not include a message that encourages a particular religious belief.”

What Smith and his co-authors, including Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, might not realize is that the U.S. Supreme Court in 1980 let stand a lower-court decision stating that recognition of holidays may be constitutional if the purpose is to provide secular instruction about religious traditions, as long as it does not promote a particular religion. Christmas carols are permitted, too, and are a routine part of holiday concerts in Indiana public schools.

Perhaps Smith could combine his bill with the Senate’s cursive-writing legislation and reduce the amount of time wasted on frivolous matters.