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Tourism is a health hazard (01/30/2013)
From: Paul B. Double

I am very concerned with the lack of study and continued harmful direction to push Winona into a tourism and theatrical center. The detrimental effect to the physical health of our young people and aging population should be addressed by our regional healthcare centers with their considerable expertise before any expansion effort moves forward. It is time for a moratorium to stop further pollution cause by marauding tourists and their vehicles as they contaminate the air we breathe and that of the communities their vehicles travel through to arrive in Winona.

The public is well informed of harmful effects of indulgence of wine and cheese parties and activities which could expand the indulgence of those things. The consumption at wine and cheese parties along with other goodies prior to an evening of sitting without vigorous physical activity surely cannot do the human heart proper stimulation as one must remain seated after such indulgence.

These practices are poor examples for the youth of our community to replicate as this non-heart stimulating placid endeavors need to change. The practice of being confined to the inside of an auditorium with a controlled atmosphere leaves one unprepared for the outdoors and the recommended physical exercise necessary to support strong and fit bodies.

The cause and effect of obesity from further expansion of tourism and theater is further stimulated by the common practice of topping off these events with a meal either before or after. A moratorium is clearly needed to study and curtail any blind movement to expand tourism and theater thus saving the health of old and young alike as we grow in size, not population, and stagnation because of little or no physical movement but to refocus on jobs with living wages for families.

 

 

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