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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, May 18, 2019 1:00 am

Let support for cookie crumble

A group of third-graders from the Cincinnati area wants the Ohio legislature to pass a bill making the sugar cookie the official state cookie. There already has been controversy, according to Cincinnati.com.

Some, of course, ask why – why sugar cookies? The website noted a poll two years ago by Nestle Toll House found Ohioans like peanut-butter cookies with chocolate chips the best. Others bemoaned the waste of legislators' time.

Indiana has a state bird, the cardinal; a state tree, the tulip tree; and a state flower, the peony. But like most states, Indiana doesn't appear to have an official cookie. Maybe we should keep it that way.

Interest by young students in the legislative process is always to be applauded. But consider what it took to pass a similar proposal by second-grade students from Posey County and middle-school students in Sullivan County to designate the Say's firefly as the Indiana state insect. The effort took three years, and even Gov. Eric Holcomb had to throw in his support to get the bill across the finish line.

Imagine our lawmakers choosing among the merits of snickerdoodles, gingerbread men and pinwheels. Imagine opponents marshaling charts depicting Indiana's outsized rates of obesity and diabetes. Support would quickly crumble.

The Indiana legislature leaves enough substantive bills on the table as it is, including bills that encourage healthy lifestyles.