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Sprinkles with your Hypocrisy

The Portland Tribune reports that the city of Portland, Oregon plans to declare an “official city doughnut” this week. Mayor Tom Potter will introduce his official doughnut resolution, declaring Voodoo Doughnuts’ Portland Creme, a raised doughnut filled with cream and covered in chocolate with “two eyes”, during the City Council’s Christmas Eve day meeting.

Potter’s resolution, will express Portlanders’ deepest gratitude to Voodoo Doughnut management for its dedication in the face of these stringent economic times in providing employment opportunities . . . and above all, creating and naming a doughnut after our beloved city that leaves a lasting taste and fond memories on its customers near and far away.”

Now, this is a great sentiment, at least on the surface. Voodoo Doughnuts is a Portland institution and rightfully deserves every single accolade that has been bestowed upon them.

If one goes beyond the surface, this magnanimous gestures seems to conjure up be a few dilemmas.

My problems are not with honoring a local business for providing a consistent product that people have wanted for years or providing a number of local employment opportunities. Those ideals are worthy of recognition.

No, my problems are two fold.

  • First, Portland, like many other moderately sized cities, has a huge laundry list of social problems to contend with: homelessness, failing local economy, hunger relief, crumbling infrastructure, etc… You get the idea. My question is, should our public officials be wasting time, money and public resources onΒ doughnut resolutions?
  • Second, in this time of chronic obesity and governmental food choice regulation, should a local government be honoring a food product that has sets a bad nutritional precedent?

I’m sure some will say “chill out”, “lighten up” and “It’s just a doughnut”. I prefer to say that it’s time for a city that has a reputation for leading the farm-to-table movement and for having progress social ideals to live up to its promise.

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4 comments
  1. Sirfuzzy

    I wouldn’t say ‘chill-out’ necessarily, but you may consider refraining from inflicting your personal issues upon others just a tad.

    Oregon is well known for supporting it’s own business and products. So what if it’s a doughnut? It’s not the problem of Portland, Oregon, or Voodoo Doughnuts that Americans are fat.

    Fat is just one of many things that Americans are known for. People of all shapes and sizes enjoy confections. Baking is an admirable art appreciated the world over.

    It’s time that Americans stop blaming others for their problems. You being fat is your issue. Take responsibility for yourself and stop eating doughnuts if it’s such an issue for you. Let the rest of us with will-power enjoy a pastry from time to time if we feel like it.

  2. Simone

    I actually agree with what was written. If you can understand what is behind what people eat and the lengths that is taken to make sure you eat it, then it is not just a personal problem, it IS a social problem. And by the way, being fat does not just only constitute what you put in your mouth. Did you know that being fat also come from emotional imbalance. Some of these emotions are taken on because of the value that this society places on looks and hair, etc. and JUNK FOOD LIKE DOUGHBUTS. Just look at the magazines and the modeling industry. This is a WHOLE situtation. To take part of it and disconnect it from the other is saying that one does not affect the other. It all relates, and I think there is a social responsiblity that needs to be addressed when we are dealing with schools that are feeding children crap, a medical industry that is going down the crap hole, and more and more people dying of curable illness every day if more people like you, me and the gov’t would promote health instead of death. So yes, it is more than just an personal issue. To hide your head in sand is just foolish. I mean would you say the same thing about drugs? Would you say the drug issue is not a social problem. If the gov’t was promoting that, what would be your reaction? Because when you break it down to what happens chemically when we eat, food is a drug you know.

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