Stick to the issues you understand

2016-09-06 06:00

WHEN the Phat Joe Must Go petition started doing the rounds, I signed it. I did not think it would actually get rid of him, but I assumed that the important people in suits at East Coast Radio would tell him to tone it down a little. I was mistaken.

I turned on the radio recently and heard him discussing a listener’s opinion that prescribing Ritalin would lead to drug and alcohol addiction.

To my horror, he gave credence to this. He went on to say that ADHD should not be treated and that children’s extra energy should be channelled into sport.

No parents relish the idea of pumping chemicals into their child. However, this is a real disorder with serious ramifications for education, and intervention is therefore important.

The idea that extra energy can simply be “channelled into sport” is like saying that sinusitis can be treated by blowing your nose.

No, no, Phat Joe.

This is a debilitating medical condition that is more real than your imaginary medical degree.

Stick to issues that you understand. I will not turn on my radio on the way home from work again.


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