Sunday, June 10, 2012

Civil Rights Alert: Going Way Too Far -- Soda and NYC

I know it has been in the news for a while, but I am in shock that the goody goody forces in our society are about to legislate to protect us from another evil--sugar containing soft drinks larger that 16 ounces. The article I've hyperlinked here explains it all.

To think that banning large sugary drinks will reduce obesity is unbelievable. That would mean that large sugary drinks cause obesity. They don't--by themselves. Obesity is either a medical condition or a life style choice.

The goody goodies are putting efforts in all of the wrong places. Will banning large sugary sodas reduce obesity? No. But it is an infringement on our rights to purchase products. How can they outlaw the sale of large sugary drinks but not tobacco products? The inconsistency screams for an answer.

The real problem is education, helping people make the correct choices, and providing alternatives for people to encourage healthy choices.

I do not think that the majority of society should have their rights further restricted because of the life choices of a minority. I also believe we are headed down a slippery slope by enacting oppressive legislation designed to protect a segment of the population from itself. I further found it interesting that NYC is going to be reducing arrests for possessing small amounts of marijuana. So it is possible, theoretically, to get arrested for having a large sugary drink but not a joint all while smoking a cigarette known to cause cancer. Hmmmm.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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