Food police threaten night on the townHere's the scenario. You're a few pounds overweight. Well, to be accurate, you are downright portly. But, you're crazy hungry, so you walk into a restaurant and start browsing the menu. Hmmm, which sounds better - a juicy cheeseburger or a nice thick steak?

When the waiter arrives, he informs you he can't serve you - you are too fat.

That, believe it or not, may be the future for weight-challenged people living in Mississippi. The state is considering a law that would ban eateries from serving obese people.

No, really.

So who is fat? The law would use standards set by the Magnolia State's health department and rely on a person's body mass index (BMI). Department guidelines say about 30 percent of Mississippi residents would be too hefty to make the cut.

If the bill becomes law, restaurants would be forced to become food cops and turn away their best customers. One can imagine the possible scene - signs directing customers to step on the scales before checking in with the hostess, food workers hiding out in the kitchen so they won't have to tell a 400-pound Sumo wrestler he can't eat.

Non-compliance would lead to possible loss of license for restaurant owners.

It all seems a little drastic. Though the three legislators who sponsored the bill probably have the best interests of their constituents in mind, the legislation seems misguided and a threat to the freedom we Americans so love.Volunteers make tourney destination eventOnce again the community has rolled out the red carpet for the OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires Girls and Boys 2A State Basketball Championships.

For a small town to host such a great tournament says a lot about the efforts of volunteers, who work tirelessly to welcome an influx of visitors.

Sure, the tournament helps the local economy, but that's merely a side benefit. For the youths involved in the "big dance," the memories they gain from the tournament experience will last a lifetime.

Many spectators return year after year to enjoy watching quality high school basketball - even though schools from their area aren't participating.

The efforts of volunteers, including hosts, announcers, statisticians, ticket takers, facility cleaners and parking attendants, continue to make this a destination event.

Way to go!Good outcome for a bad situationThis week saw the end to a rather minor, but somewhat publicized, criminal proceeding. Julie Zumwalt, wife of Stanfield Police Chief Byron Zumwalt, pleaded guilty to two charges of first-degree theft.

The EO published a few articles on the incident, the first telling the public about Pendleton police's investigation into Mrs. Zumwalt's theft. But unlike other court proceedings, which can stretch out for a year or more, this one ended fairly succinctly, and with dignity for Mrs. Zumwalt.

While courtrooms are full of long-winded legal jargon, complicated scheduling problems and often the less-than-reputable members of our county, this was not the case here. Courtroom No. 1 saw an unusual level of praise and support for someone pleading guilty to a crime.

It was primarily because Mrs. Zumwalt took the important step of fessing up to her mistakes and working to fix them, before the court ordered her to do so. Prior to her guilty plea and subsequent sentencing, Mrs. Zumwalt took the initiative to enter into counseling for a gambling addiction, which, according to her attorney, was the reason for her taking money while working at the Pendleton Wal-Mart.

It seems we're often living in a society where people blame their problems on everything, but themselves. And while her actions were caused by a difficult addiction, Mrs. Zumwalt still took responsibility for those actions. It's something not often seen in the courtroom or in society. In doing so, Mrs. Zumwalt reserved her dignity and showed that even though we may make mistakes, we can fix them too.

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