I am writing this in reference to the Jan. 14 column by Dan Thomasson. His lead in this editorial takes a swipe at Governor Chris Christie's problem with obesity. I found his remarks to be unnecessary and disparaging. His reference to Christie "having tying his stomach off or some such business" and his "gastronomical urges" was uncalled for. Why doesn't he just come out and call him "Governor Fatso?"
Knocking those with weight issues seems to still be accepted in our society. Had he made reference to the governor's skin color, sexual preference or some disability, he would be shouted down and an apology would be demanded. Not much was said by the media of Obama's smoking habit. But fat people are still fair game for those who are able to control their weight.
I am sure Governor Christie is painfully aware of his problem with obesity. Most Americans can relate to the struggle.
I have gone my entire life fighting obesity, sometimes winning the battle, sometimes losing. It is not easy. I do not go along with those who try to classify it as a disability, because it is something we bring on ourselves. It can also be painful at times. Overweight people often do not like themselves, can be awkward socially because of it, and have to deal with situations every day in which their weight is an issue. Try fitting in an airplane or bus seat without making the person next to you uncomfortable.
The only legitimate reason to bring up the governor's weight would be from the concern of whether or not he would be healthy enough to fulfill the duties of an elected office, especially should he somehow make it to the White House.
Mr. Thomasson, who from his picture looks a little full in the face himself, owes Governor Christie an apology.
John Pascoe, Ravenna