Letters and Opinions

These are opinion pieces that I have had published in a variety of newspapers and magazines. I have been writing letters-to-the-editor since 2006, and have had over 160 published since then. I also play guitar and sing in a musical revue called The Loser's Lounge. With a cast of guest singers, we perform tributes to great songwriters and bands. The show is in its 24th year, and we perform at Joe's Pub - The Public Theater and Lincoln Center in New York City.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

On April 20, 2011, I read the following in Metro: A lawsuit seeking to stop McDonald's Corp. from offering toys with Happy Meals must be dismissed because parents can always choose not to buy the meals for their children, the hamburger giant said in a court filing. The lawsuit accuses McDonald's of unfairly using toys to lure children into its restaurants. The plaintiff, a Sacramento, California mother of two, charges that the company's advertising violates California consumer protection laws.

I submitted this opinion and Metro published the letter on April 21, 2011.


While I support giving children healthy food choices, the lawsuit against McDonald's seeking to remove the toy from the Happy Meal is a downer. The entire restaurant is a child lure, starting with its clown spokesperson. I don't see how the absence of a toy would significantly change McDonald's target audience. Isn't the onus on parents and caregivers to supervise a child's nutritional needs?


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