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Richard Zimmer: Walking is good for children

To the editor:

Is walking obsolete?

A junior in high school recently said, “A vote yes on the override could mean the difference between getting to school and not getting there if busing is cut. To walk is about a half hour and there are a lot of hills.”

Most children of my generation walked to school — certainly walking one to two miles was not a problem. I grew up in Illinois where winter weather could really be tough but we just did it and I am still alive.

My grandchildren in California started walking to school when busing budgets were cut and buses were no longer provided. They found that walking to school is fun.

Consider the benefits of walking:

1. Exercise is good for you. Biking can be an option. We wonder why so many children are overweight.

2. Enjoy Mother Nature on your way to school and back.

3. For the energy saving and global warming folks, less fuel consumed and pollution by buses.

It seems like a win-win to me.

Richard Zimmer


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