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    more on obesity and sprawl

    As Jenna Ashley notes the Smart Growth America study shows only a tiny difference in “expected weight” in counties with lower density (pejoratively called sprawl) and more congested, higher density living arrangements. Among NC?s 3 major metropolitan areas the difference between ?expected weight? of a person in the least dense…
    Locker Room contributor, August 29, 2003
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    re: sprawl and obesity

    Sam Staley at the Buckeye Institute summed in up in an article in today?s Washington Post. ?What this is saying to me, sitting on my half-acre with my kids playing outside and riding their bikes, is that if I want to reduce my hypertension and lose a couple of…
    Locker Room contributor, August 29, 2003
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    Re: Sprawl and obsesity

    That report is pitiful. Correlation doesn’t mean causation. Otherwise, telephones “cause” heart disease (you should see the correlation!). I’ve never understood the left’s problem with “sprawl” anyway. Talk about inventing a problem out of something good — we have plenty of room to grow. It’s tempting to think the…
    Locker Room contributor, August 29, 2003
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    Sprawl and Obesity

    A recent study released by Smart Growth America suggests that sprawl causes obesity. In the triangle, however, the study found only half a pound difference between weights in the most and least dense areas. Wow, that much. More importantly, if I would rather risk obesity and live in the…
    Locker Room contributor, August 29, 2003
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    Another Trade Quandry

    An article in yesterday’s National Review also endorsed trade restrictions to sanction China’s ‘bad behavior’ on currency policy. Maybe someone with more economic knowledge can confirm or deny this, but it seems to me that although China’s monetary policy might hurt uncompetitive U.S. producers, it helps U.S. consumers by…
    Locker Room contributor, August 28, 2003
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    Re: Myrick wrong about trade

    Let’s see: free trade doesn’t work, don’t shop at Wal-Mart, it’s Bush’s fault — did someone secretly replace Myrick’s lecture notes with Democrat talking points? Despite John Hood’s diligence, Myrick has apparently fallen for the myths. Either that, or she is calculating that her audience has. Regardless,…
    Locker Room contributor, August 28, 2003
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    Myrick Wrong About Trade

    Yesterday, Rep. Sue Myrick joined the long list of politicians who don?t understand basic economics. She not only lashed out at fellow Republican, President Bush, but she also recanted her support of free trade because she said it no longer worked. Free trade is like everything else in life…
    Locker Room contributor, August 28, 2003
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    Observation on Gas Prices

    I think the best predictor of gasoline prices in the media. It seems to go like clockwork. Within a few days of the media finally noticing a price spike and running stories about how prices have gone up and are likely to be over $2.00 a gallon by some future…
    Locker Room contributor, August 27, 2003