SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — A ban on fast food trinkets is rejected by the Superior councilors, with opponents objecting to government interference in parental matters.

Councilor Greg Mertzig proposed banning McDonald’s Happy Meal toys and other trinkets given with children’s fast food. Mertzig’s motivation was to get rid of the rewards of eating unhealthy food as many youngsters struggle with being overweight.

Adam Bennis told councilors the government should not take away his decision-making authority. He asked them if the next step was having his grocery receipts approved.

The Superior Telegram says Mertzig was the only one to vote in favor of moving the proposal out of committee Tuesday night.

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Comments (16)
  1. Come On Now says:

    Good to see the Superior councilors have some sense. We do not need more government intrusion into our lives. They already have enough. In San Fransisco, their city councilors have banned Happy Meals all together for the same reason Mertzig wanted to ban the toys in them here. This Big Brother watching everything we do has got to stop!

  2. Mick says:

    Let Mommy or Daddy decide what to buy for their children.

    1. JamieinMN says:

      I agree. People need to start taking some responsibility for their actions and parents need to learn how to say NO!

  3. Mike says:

    Sad to see politicians who are more interested in finding their next election cycle political donations being paid for then doing the right thing and ban lead toys and garbage offered as food. Short sighted American fools………

    1. Come On Now says:

      Well Mike, if you need the government to decide what you can and cannot buy in a fast food restaurant for you, then maybe you should move to Cuba. I’m sure they’ll accommodate you there.

      1. Mike says:

        I don’t our government or the disgusting profit at any expense corporations who offer this garbage for enticemnet, but looking across the state and country, kids are getting substantially fatter as a result of process fatty food. Your unfettered way is not working…………….

    2. JamieinMN says:

      Bottom-line, YOU are making the decision to EAT that garbage! Self- responsibility people!

  4. MNMOMMA says:

    I think that one of the reasons so many people eat at fast food places is because they are so cheap. In this economy, many people cannot afford nicer restaurants where there may be healthier fare, so they take the family out to dinner at McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, etc. It’s a fact that lower income people tend to be more obese then then higher income people. I think fast food places are one of the reasons this is true. Having said that, I don’t want my government telling me what I can and cannot eat. I will make that decision for myself and my children. It’s no one else business.

    1. JamieinMN says:

      Exactly. And yes, fast food is cheap but you can cook at home for just as cheap if not, a bit less. Fast food is also “fast” and convenient for our very fast-paced world.

      1. Sad Fact says:

        With so many of the fast food places offering dollar menu’s now, it’s no longer cheaper to cook at home. You cannot make a double cheeseburger at home for $1 like McDonald’s and Burger King offer.

  5. JamieinMN says:

    I know how cheap those burgers are, I know you can’t make one for a buck, you can come pretty close though. I would much rather make a HOMEMADE burger with fresh hearty toppings, than getting 5.8 oz of mince meat between two pieces of air. I would spend the extra $.50-$1.00 to make that burger myself.

  6. Vanessa says:

    figure it out, you can spend around $17-$18 at the store for hamburger, lettuce, tomato, buns, mayo, ketchup and mustard and cheese. feed a minimum of 4 people and have a couple burgers left over (thats if you use the same size patty as the fast food restaurants) and still have condiments left over and lettuce & tomato left over for meals that you can prepare the rest of the week. You can also get frozen vegetables for a $1 at walmart, canned fruit for a $1 at walmart, bagged carrots for less than $2, and bannas for .50 cents a puond. a full meal for 4 people for less than $20 with stuff for other nights left over. It doesn’t take much to figure it out. Every time I shop, I’m figuring it all out to how much a meal will be, how many meals can I make with the ingredients I’ll need and how thrifty I could be with my $$’s filling the cupboards. I even teach my children who are 4 & 18 the same thing. I’ve been there before, where I could barely afford to buy groceries for the week, but I sure didn’t resort to feeding my son, way back then, fast food. I bought bulk meat and broke it down into meals that would feed 2 people at the time.

  7. AT says:

    At least they have some sense. Let the parents do the parenting.

  8. Fascism says:

    And these same people in San Fransisco want to legalize Marijuana.

    They made a big fuss about candy cigarettes and now think it’s a good thing using marijuana in cookies, baking goods and ice cream products.

    Anyone who promotes marijuana falls in the same category as Joe Camel, big tobacco and fast food advertisement.