Two young sisters were forced to shut down the lemonade stand they were running to buy their dad a Father’s Day present, after they were informed by a police officer that in order to run the stand, they must undergo a health inspection and obtain a Peddler’s Permit.
Sisters Andria (8) and Zoey Green (7) attempted to run a lemonade stand on Monday, near their home in Overton, Texas, when they were reprimanded by a local police officer for operating their stand without a permit.
The girls told CBS 19 that they started the lemonade stand as a way to raise money to take their dad to Splash Kingdom for Father’s Day, and that they were “doing just fine until the cops came.”
While Overton Police Chief Clyde Carter told CBS 19 that the girls “cannot just get over there and make lemonade and have it for sale on the side of the road without permits,” he also said that he is not aware of the reason behind the rule.
The permit is required by Texas House Bill 970, which mandates that the “sale of food which requires time or temperature control to prevent spoilage” is prohibited without a “Peddler’s Permit.”
When the officer asked if the girls had a permit from the city to run the stand, Sandi Evans, the girls’ mother, said she didn’t know they needed one.
“For a lemonade stand? I had no clue,”Evans said. “I knew we had to for garage sales and stuff like that, but I didn’t know little kids had to for a lemonade stand.”
Overton Police told KLTV that following the exchange, a family friend went to Overton City Hall to obtain a Peddler’s Permit for the girls. While the city was willing to waive the $150 fee, staff members would not let the Green sisters obtain a permit until they contacted the health department and an inspection was conducted.
KLTV reported that the girls are planning on setting up another stand on Saturday, but instead of charging for lemonade, they will give it away for free, and will accept donations.
The relationship between sugar and blood pressure may be more important than most people with high blood pressure even realize.
While there are so many factors that contribute to high blood pressure, such as diabetes, high cholesterol, and high sodium, it seems sugar has been among the enemy ranks and can possibly do even more damage than most of us realized.
When doctors make recommendations to patients with hypertension, they often suggest a lower daily consumption of sodium and harmful fats, but sugar is less often linked to high blood pressure.
In fact, a diet known as the DASH diet is commonly recommended to those with high blood pressure. And while the DASH diet is low in fat and sodium, it’s also low in sugar — for a good reason.
Like Sodium, Sugar is Often Hidden in the Foods we Eat
It’s sweet, but it’s sneaky. Sweetener, especially high fructose corn syrup, is found even in seemingly “innocent” food products like ketchup or salad dressing without most people even realizing it’s there.
Many people also forget alcohol contains quite a bit of sugar on its own, not to mention those mixed drinks that are so popular.
Research shows those who consume more than 74 grams of hidden sugar daily are more likely to experience abnormal blood pressure levels.
What Sugar Does to Your Blood Pressure
Sweetener increases insulin levels, which then leads to an increased heart rate and elevated blood pressure. Research shows if one fourth of your daily calorie consumption is made up of sugar, your risk of death by cardiovascular disease triples.
What to Watch Out For when it Comes to Sugar
It’s not the natural sugars you should be as concerned with, it’s the processed sugar found in processed foods and drinks.
Processed sugar has been broken down and re-engineered from its natural state to take on a different use as both a sweetener and preservative.
The Issue with Sugar
But the food industry doesn’t make eliminating sweetener easy.
There is so much processed food with preservatives that rely on the addition of sugar that a trip to the grocery store can be quite deceiving without most of us even realizing all the added sugar we’re adding to our grocery carts.
The companies that produce processed foods are making money because frozen meals, potato chips, and candy require little effort to prepare and sugar plays a big role in making these products so enticing.
The best thing you can do for your health is follow a whole diet, like the DASH diet.
Any sugar you consume should be in the natural form of fruits, vegetables and fat free dairy products.
Keeping It Sweet And Healthy
It’s hard to cut out syrups and processed table sugar, especially if you love to bake or enjoy coffee and tea on the sweeter side. But with a little effort and a few changes in your lifestyle, it is possible to significantly reduce the amount of sugar you consume.
Instead of table sugar, use raw honey, palm sugar, stevia or fruit juice to sweeten your foods and beverages.
Less Sugar and Blood Pressure
Making a decision to consume less sugar is much easier than following through with that decision. If you’re not reading labels and selecting products based on the content, your sugar intake may be much higher than you realize.
Take the time to read labels on products before making a purchase. Foods with long lists of ingredients are likely packed with added sugar as well as added sodium.
Isn’t always labeled simple sugar on labels, also look for: brown sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, fruit juice concentrates, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, invert sugar, malt sugar, molasses, raw sugar, syrup or molecules ending with “ose” (dextrose, fructose, glucose, lactose, maltose, sucrose).
What is a Safe Amount of Sugar?
Consumption should be based on your own individual lifestyle as some can eat sugar with less affect while others may need to avoid it as much as possible.
The American Heart Association recommends the following as the maximum amount of sugar you consume:
Men: 150 calories per day (37.5 grams or 9 teaspoons) Women: 100 calories per day (25 grams or 6 teaspoons)
Sources of Highest Amount of Added Sugar
Major sources of added sugar include soft drinks, candy, cakes, cookies, processed foods, fruit drinks, dairy desserts including ice cream and many grain products.
Heart.org with a list of some common foods with added sugars.
In their continuous efforts to create the impression that the government is doing something to keep Americans safe, politicians in Washington have misled and lied to the public. They have violated their oaths to uphold the Constitution. They have created a false sense of security. And they have dispatched and re-dispatched 60,000 federal agents to intercept the telephone calls, text messages and emails of all Americans all the time.
In the process, while publicly claiming they only acquire identifying metadata — the time, date, location, duration, telephone numbers and email addresses of communications — they have in fact surreptitiously gained access to the content of these communications.
On June 1, one of the three claimed legal authorities for all this, Section 215 of the Patriot Act, expired, as Congress was unable to agree on either its reinstitution or the enactment of a substitute. At the time that Section 215 was about to expire, President Obama, Attorney General Lynch and FBI Director Comey warned that the NSA’s computers would go dark and the American public would be at the mercy of our enemies. Their warnings were nonsense.
The NSA is a military entity that utilizes the services of military computer experts and agents, employs civilians, and hires companies that provide thousands of outside contractors. After nearly 14 years of spying on us — all authorized by a secret court whose judges cannot keep records of what they have ordered or discuss openly what they know — the NSA now has computers and computer personnel physically located in the main switching offices of all telecom and Internet service providers in the United States. It has 24/7 access to the content of everyone’s telephone calls, emails and text messages.
The data amassed thereby is so vast that the government cannot sift through it quickly or effectively enough to stop such notorious events as the Boston Marathon bombings, the Ft. Hood massacre and the attempted massacre last month outside of Dallas. The Justice Department acknowledged this last month when it revealed that all this spying has not succeeded in stopping any terrorist plots and has not aided any federal prosecutions of terrorism.
Then why do it? Because the feds want to calm American nerves by giving the impression that they are doing something — even though we know that they know that what they are doing fails to keep us safe.
They are giving us a false impression. But they owe us the truth, not falsehoods designed to make themselves look like they are doing what they claim. Their spying has failed to enhance our safety.
It also has failed to protect our freedoms. The Constitution requires probable cause as a precondition for all search warrants. That is a level of evidence about the place to be searched or the person or thing to be seized sufficient to induce a judge to conclude that a crime probably has been committed. Without this probable cause requirement, nothing would stop the government from searching and seizing whatever it wants. Yet that is where we are today. The NSA’s unconstitutional standard of “government need” reinstitutes the general warrants — search where you wish and seize what you find — which the Fourth Amendment was written to prohibit.
Both the Patriot Act and the Freedom Act, the substitute law enacted by Congress, do away with the probable cause requirement. Both of those laws permit the FISA court to issue general warrants based on the government’s needs, rather than probable cause. It is the government-need standard, which is no standard at all, that has resulted in spying on all persons all the time.
When Section 215 of the Patriot Act expired, the NSA’s legal (yet unconstitutional) authority to spy did not. The propaganda that its computers were shut down is false. Section 702 of the FISA law and President Bush’s October 2001 executive order were and are still valid, and both have been interpreted to unleash the NSA.
Section 702 permits warrantless surveillance of Americans who speak with foreigners, and the NSA has gotten FISA warrants to intercept the calls of the folks to whom those Americans speak, to the sixth degree. That alone encompasses all persons in the United States. Bush’s executive order was given to all military intelligence agencies — of which the NSA is but one. It instructed the military to intercept the calls and emails of whatever Americans it needs to listen in upon to enhance safety. That executive order still stands. This is why the hand wringing and false claims that the NSA computers went dark is untruthful. The computers violate our privacy and assault our liberty and fail to enhance our safety, but they are not dark.
Last week, one of the pro-spying politicians was clever, even cute, when he issued the one-liner: “You can’t enjoy civil liberties from a coffin.” His statement was a craven articulation of failure. The government’s job is to keep us free and safe. If it keeps us safe but not free, it has failed to do its job. Today it does neither. I suggest to him Patrick Henry on this: “Give me liberty or give me death.”
Which one-liner better embodies American values, history and traditions?