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Trump the big spender

Donald Trump said he would “rarely leave the White House because there’s so much work to be done.” Now, he is golfing and visiting a Trump-branded property every few days.

I’m deeply concerned with Trump’s taxpayer-funded trips to Trump properties, Mar-a-Lago. Here’s why:

Trump is putting taxpayer dollars directly in his pocket by visiting his properties so frequently. The Secret Service has spent tens of thousands of dollars on golf carts alone at Mar-a-Lago, and that’s the tip of the iceberg.

While Trump spends our tax dollars at Mar-a-Lago, he’s also hosting high-profile meetings with foreign heads-of-state there, photo os for his own property.

After the election, Mar-a-Lago doubled its membership fees to $200,000. That’s a lot of money in Trump’s pocket.

Nobody should be allowed to profit from the presidency. I’ve had enough. It’s time for our representatives in Congress to stand up to Trump’s abuse of power and waste of taxpayer dollars.

Trump’s trips to Mar-a-Lago have already cost $25 million. That’s enough to pay for over 2 million Meals on Wheels.

If members of Congress continues to sit on their hands, our representatives should be held accountable for their complicity in Trump’s corruption. I’ll remember their inaction when I step into the voting booth.

Monica Barricarte

San Luis Obispo

Congress must help mothers

Mother's Day is when we celebrate the efforts of moms everywhere to deliver on the promise they make to us when we're born, to nurture and protect us so we can reach our full potential.

But no matter how hard some moms try, they don't have the know-how or resources to ensure their babies get the nutrition they need to grow and develop properly. Without this essential nutrition between pregnancy and age 2, many children die. Others are stunted, meaning their brains and bodies are irreversibly underdeveloped.

President Trump's budget proposes a 30-pwercent cut to development assistance programs that help moms deliver on their promises to children. I'm calling on members of Congress to speak to leadership in the Senate and House about protecting effective development assistance programs, particularly nutrition programs.

What better gift to ask for this Mother's Day?

Naomi Hopkins


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America must engage in fighting obesity

Obesity is a huge struggle in America. Americans have not been able to control this problem. According to the U.S National Library of Medicine, “obesity occurs over time when you eat more calories than you use.”

Kids are most likely to become obese at an early age. Parents struggle a lot with their children because the children are not used to eating properly. It is important for parents to limit what their children eat. Parents should be careful about what they are feeding their children.

Obesity causes stress, lack of energy, takes a lot of effort, and is bad for one’s health. First, obesity causes stress in the parents because they know that their children have a problem with being obese, but the parents don’t do anything about it. They get stressed out; they think it is impossible for them to get healthier and live a healthy lifestyle.

Secondly, obesity causes a lack of energy. Obese people don’t have much energy to be active. They don’t exercise and by not being active, they lose more and more energy and stamina.

Thirdly, people interested in losing weight and changing their lifestyle must be willing to put a lot of effort in it in order to obtain what they really want. If they aren’t motivated, it can be hard and very stressful. Being motivated and positive is a way to achieve their goals. Finally, obesity can cause serious health problems. It can cause heart disease, cancer and also Type 2 diabetes. Because of all the issues caused by obesity, parents should take nutritional classes and feed their children healthy food.

Dulce Aguirre

Grover Beach