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Kwik Trip decision was democracy in action: Our View

Council vote, food challenge and a teen anti-smoking activist in this week's editorial roundup

5:38 PM, Feb. 28, 2014  |  Comments
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Wausau City Council decided Tuesday night not to allow a Kwik Trip on the corner of Bridge Street and Stevens Drive, near the exit from Highway 51. The decision came after a neighborhood campaign against the new gas station, as well as some notable skepticism from City Council members that this particular development was the city's best option for the plot of land next to Newman Catholic High School.

Reasonable people can disagree about the merits of the decision, but the city's process here worked exactly the way it is supposed to. The area isn't zoned for that use. A developer wanted an exception. Neighbors contacted their elected officials and voiced their concerns - well-founded or not, exaggerated or not. And officials listened. Some others thought the overall community good outweighed the neighbors' concerns. In the end, neighbors persuaded enough council members to prevail.

That's pretty much the model, isn't it? It was an open, public process that allowed the public to have a voice, elected officials to weigh that voice with other concerns about the city's growth and make a decision for which they'll be accountable. That's all to the good.

Come on, get healthy

Did you take up the food challenge?

Daily Herald Media published a weekly series in February challenging readers to eat healthy during Heart Month. Though February has come and gone, it is not too late to take on the challenge now. Come on, you have nothing to lose - but weight, maybe, or clogged arteries.

We asked readers, for example, to track their food consumption for several days, including beverages, cause, dang, those wine calories do add up. We also asked readers to change one habit, revise favorite recipes to improve overall nutrition and take stock of what they learned.

Our own Community editor Sandy Block decided to limit sugar in her diet because it leads to weight gain, and being overweight contributes to numerous health issues, including those of the heart.

The American Heart Association recommends no more than 100 calories a day in added sugar for women or 150 for men. That translates to about 6 teaspoons or 24 grams for women and 9 teaspoons or 36 grams for men. The average consumed by Americans is more than 22 teaspoons a day. Egads.

Sandy's decision meant she had to start limiting more strictly her consumption of those Dove dark-chocolate miniatures in her desk drawer. We feel the pain.

Maybe limiting sugar isn't the first step in your quest to become more heart healthy, but we encourage you to consider what you put on your plate every day, because what's on your plate can help keep you around for a long time.

Standing up to drugs, smoking

Congratulations - and thanks - to Bailey Eschmann of Wausau for her work to fight teen smoking and drug abuse. Eschmann, a senior at the Enrich, Excel, Achieve Learning Academy, received recognition in a contest hosted by SparkAction.org for her work as founder of a local advocacy action team.

Bailey's art in Wausau's Chalkfest last summer and helped to spread her message, and she spoke at a public event organized by the Marathon County Alcohol & Other Drug Partnership to address the growing heroin addiction problem.

These are important issues, and we thank Bailey for being at the forefront of the youth movement against them.

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