M. Newell: All about personal choices

I was insulted by the editorial about Paula Deen (Jan. 20).

If we overeat, it is our own fault. If we smoke, it is our own choice. If we drink too much, it is our own fault.

According to the editorial, Deen is creating obesity in this country by promoting her southern cooking and encouraging people to be overweight. When is it our responsibility to control what we do?

Can we expect lawsuits by lawyers of obese people to descend upon Deen, just as they did on the tobacco companies?

For the media to go after Deen for promoting her favorite recipes is ridiculous. When do we, as individuals, take responsibility for our own choices in life?

Shame on the Sun Journal, and the rest of the news media, for vilifying this remarkable woman.

Mary Jane Newell, Oxford

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 's picture

vilify?

"vilifying this remarkable woman." The only thing remarkable about her is her ability to talk people into eating deep fried bacon on a donut covered with lard infused sausage gravy with a quart of mayonnaise to wash it all down, with a drawn butter chaser is nothing compared to announcing to the world your own cooking is poison, but you can now buy the brand of insulin she's paid to endorse.

JOANNE MOORE's picture

What is really remarkable...

about Paula Deen is her products are cheaply made in China and have even been recalled, the cast iron frying pans specifically. I'll stick with my Lodge cast iron, made in the USA or buy an old Griswald on eBay before I cook in some crap made in China.

Keep Americans working! Buy made in USA. (when you can.)

 's picture

Personal choices.

You are right MJ, Its not just Paula Deen. The television commercials are for the most part pushing stuff that one don't have to buy. It is by choice. Two hundred and fifty dollar Jordan sneakers are just as dumb. Some of the public will buy because of the ads and thsts why they advertise not to mention the economy as well. Remove the soda machines from schools so kids won't drink soda, right? Obesity isn't always about eating. Smoking is about smoking and the fact that many smokers are living on welfare and the rest of us are paying for them is more maddening to me then a nice ham that Paula Deen advertises which you don't have to buy if you don't want to. Don't pay any attention to Mr. R. as he lives under a rock and eats lettuce and by the way is perfect. Just as him.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Perhaps it was a slow news

Perhaps it was a slow news day.

RONALD RIML's picture

$250 Jordan Sneakers???

$250 Jordan Sneakers???

In da "Hood" day bee's called 'Felony Flyers!"

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

The Pirate once bought a high

The Pirate once bought a high mileage '68 Buick Riviera for $250. You could see the gas gauge move when you floored it, but it'd suck the headlights out of anything you could see in the rear view mirror. Got two years out of it and sold it for $200 to sum street thug. One of the best investments I ever made.

RONALD RIML's picture

How 'bout

How 'bout a '72 Bu-rick Electra Duece and a Quarter?? (E225)

Dem Bu-ricks sucked gas, but shure hauled azz..... :)

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Never had a '72 but they were

Never had a '72 but they were pretty big if I recall. Ya didn't need a Cadillac when Buicks, Oldsmobiles and Pontiacs were around. Now,if you don't want a Caddy, you're stuck with a 4 cylinder Buick or an electric Chevy. What a disgrace. Good thing we have the Germans and the Asians to keep the car markets interesting.

RONALD RIML's picture

They were real 'Sleds!!!'

They were real 'Sleds!!!'

My father-in-law - had one; brand new '72 'Bu-rick' (that's how the ghetto dwellers pronounced 'Buick') His name was LeRoy Jackson, but he was a white dude.....

His next 'Ride' was a '75 Cadillac Eldorado... Now there was a tank. He made the mistake of letting my sister-in-law take it near Chicago and park it in a commuter train lot. The next time anyone saw that Caddy it was stripped down and burnt out in the south side of Chi-Town.....

For the longest I used to drive a '50 Chevy with a power-slide transmission, 235 engine - that I bought from the proverbial "Little Old Lady' in '65 with 27K miles on it....

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

"The next time anyone saw

"The next time anyone saw that Caddy it was stripped down and burnt out in the south side of Chi-Town"...
It's a wonder someone wasn't living in it. My very first car was a '50 Chevy 4 door fastback. Same Chevy 235 6 cyl. with a Powerglide. Turn signals, radio (AM), and heater were all aftermarket add-ons. Apparantly,the car was sold new as a stripper. Those were the days when you could hurt yourself punching the fenders.

RONALD RIML's picture

How 'bout that 'Power-Slide!!'

How 'bout that 'Power-Slide!!'

Like a 235 was any big improvement over the 216. Hey, it got me where I was going when I was too loused up to know myself....

My turn-signals were after-market, but it had a radio and heater; after all - this was a 'Chevy Deluxe!'

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Haha..I like that Chevy

Haha..I like that Chevy DeLuxe part. The powerslide was seamless gear shifting (there were no gears to speak of). We used to call them slush pumps. I had a '52 (my second car) that was similar to the one in your photo, except that it was a 2 door hardtop DeLuxe. It also came with aftermarket turn signals, radio, and heater. Original owners must've been cheap SOB's. Spent all my money on it; dual exhaust (through Chevy's split manifold), lowered 2", one piece windshield (from a '51 Olds.), Buick tailights, louvers on the hood. Nice car, but all show; no go. Still have a couple of pictures of it. Nine coats of Sierra Gold lacquer. Car kept me broke all the time. Still have occasional dreams about it, although I haven't a clue as to what that means.
That one in your picture looks as though it may have a one piece windshield in it; hard to tell from that angle.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Just noticed those small vent

Just noticed those small vent windows aft of the A pillar. Used to love those. Poor man's air conditioning.

BROOKS MORTON's picture

so Ronald

So ronald sanctimoniously speaking .you should look in the mirror. and read every day what you write .

RONALD RIML's picture

So Brooks

I merely 'Ghost Read' what my Evil Twin writes, then sign off on it.

Did your 'Big Brothers' Stream and River help you with your pitty posting???

Jason Theriault's picture

How?

"Shame on the Sun Journal, and the rest of the news media, for vilifying this remarkable woman."

How is she remarkable? She can cook?

RONALD RIML's picture

How 'bout

Ironing, dishes, scrubbing floors, exotic massage, gardening, infusing husband/boyfriend's checking account with massive infusions of $$$$

Those things that really count......

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

And, she does it all without

And, she does it all without breaking any laws.

RONALD RIML's picture

So Mary Jane

So Mary Jane

Be thankful that when I read your God-awful inane letters to the editor which sprout up here regularly like mold on a wet board, I haven't asked the LSJ to print a disclaimer that reading them could be hazardous to an impressionable, developing cerebrum. Thankfully, I'm both long past that stage of development, and have been long used to the prattle of the preaching sanctimonious.

So Deen's not promoting a lifestyle?? And I don't act like an insufferable S.O.B. here?? Give me a freakin' break, lady - this isn't exactly Richard Simmons - or Twiggy

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

The parrot just looked at me

The parrot just looked at me and said, "Veritas ain't bein' very neighborly, bro". Where does he get that bro crap?; he's a bird.

BROOKS MORTON's picture

"cute " I like that ! But

"cute " I like that ! But seriously you should use your intellegence to build people up and not tear them down. Be part of the solution and not part of the problem. I feel sorry for you that you get so personal with your responses. Everyone has a view, something that touches a nerve from time to time . something that compells them to stick their neck out and speak up. God Bless America that we are allowed to do just this. I might sugest , In the most humble way, that you change your "Glasses" and see different view on life.

RONALD RIML's picture

You need to spend some time here.....

Once you grow some whiskers here you'll have some standing to criticize.

Sit back, enjoy the ride, get to know the style and viewpoint of the various members of the forum - then draw your conclusions. You might be surprised.

I dish it out, but also catch hell. If you haven't already - check my profile; I've seen a bit of life. After awhile you'll discover who I build up/defend and whom I'm critical of.

 's picture

Long past is an understatement.

That stage left you standing at the depot long ago. You did nail the insufferable SOB part, although it's pointless to state in print something so obvious.

RONALD RIML's picture

Mike

I had to get that in there for the 'Newbies' to distinguish myself your merely sufferable standard of proficiency. Credit where credit is due.

 's picture

I apologize, Ron.

I meant to point out your "insufferable" quality only. I'll leave your SOB self-description in your hands, because I am not acquainted with your mother.

RONALD RIML's picture

And where you're going

And where you're going, you won't be, either... The woman was (is) a Saint!!!

But thanks for the apology ;)

RONALD RIML's picture

Not Richard Simmons nor Twiggy...

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Now that is a pie hole!!!

Now that is a pie hole!!!

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

I'll bet that rock she's

I'll bet that rock she's wearing isn't fake. Looks like banana butterscotch cream pie or pudding she's wolfing down, y'all!

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