"We are not trying to hurt anyone's bottom line," Comrie said. "We are trying to help people's bottoms."
A reader named
asked rhetorically, "Isn't it amazing how politicians just can't take the responsibility in their personal life without making a law out of it?"
had similar thoughts, asking, "Are they going to outlaw hotdogs at baseball games because hotdogs are loaded with sodium, fat consisting of pork & or beef block scrapings and are mystery meats? What about all of the deep fried whatever at State Fairs? Leave the fast foods and their toys alone."
argued that, "Government needs to stay out of this. They have other things they should be worrying about."
Tired of it all
said "We know how to raise our children and if you don't then let your guilt drive YOU in that direction, not us."
worried that, "With all that is wrong with the economy these days we are wasting legislative time and taxpayer money discussing something that should be none of the government's concern. Given the cost of just getting by, a Happy Meal toy may be the only new toy some kids will receive in 2011!"
was more lighthearted, musing that "Geez, Bloomberg and the NYC government sure are taking all the fun out of life."
Proponents of San Francisco's ruling argued such a ban might rein in the strong appeal unhealthy kids' meals draw through the offering of shiny new toys.
"If you take away that lusted-after toy then maybe, just maybe, the next generation of children will begin to change in the way we relate to food," noted a blogger on
's Web site in November.
Many considered the city's efforts to curb childhood obesity to be ill-conceived, disagreeing that such a ban would prevent the plight from which between 16% and 33% of American children suffer, according to recent statistics.