Walk and Talk

Letter to the Editor

Published June 22, 2012.

As your June 15 editorial put it, “Why Stop at the Big Gulp?” Indeed.

Mindful of the sad three ‘D’s of living in urban poverty, diabetes, drugs and depression, why can’t we see from our leafy suburban perches the obvious but unspoken reality that individuals and familes in our cities are living under siege, cooped up in small isolated living units because of their mean and dangerous streets? The routine walking about under the sky that we, the privileged, take for granted, in poor urban areas is an option that is fraught with danger. With no particular place to go, the only option is to sit on the couch and consume unhealthy products.

Let us call upon city governments and law enforcement to work with churches and neighborhood and block groups to promote year-long intergenerational group walk and talk activity, organizing the taking back of the streets with the safety of numbers to contribute substantially to the physical and mental health of the community.

Jerrold C. Bonn Spring House, Pa.

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