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Posted: Thursday, August 8, 2013 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

Re “Sugary drink ban plan sours in court,” Aug. 1, multiple editions:

This unanimous decision reinforces the unconstitutionality of the proposed soda ban, which clearly reflects government overreach. What we eat, drink and feed our families is our own choice and does not need government control, oversight or influence.

Re “Forget the soda ban,” Aug. 1, Editorial:

Agreed that education, rather than regulation, is a more effective means of encouraging Americans to lead healthy, balanced lifestyles. Bans and restrictions won’t change behaviors; only education about diet and exercise can.

Maureen BeachAmerican Beverage AssociationWashington, DC

Drink what you want II

Dear Editor:

“Forget the soda ban” has the fizzle!

Mayor Bloomberg’s support of the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s plan to ban the sale of beverages over 16 ounces to combat the excessive calories contained in sugary drinks was a waste of taxpayers’ dollars. High obesity rates have just as much to do with the sedentary lifestyle of many, who spend more time on iPods and home computers than playing sports, exercising after work or just walking. Following the mayor’s insane logic, we should also stop stores from selling ice cream, pizza, fries, cake and cookies.

Everyone’s profit margins are dependent upon the sales of large beverages. Distributors and stores provide gainful employment for thousands of people.

All of these people are our neighbors who are just trying to earn a living. Both businesses and employees pay taxes that help pick up the tab for municipal services. Customers purchase these products via free will. Even a child can figure out how to get around this ban by purchasing two smaller beverages to consume over 16 ounces. Our economic and civil liberties prosper best when government stays out of the bedroom, marketplace and our stomachs! Just what will the politically correct Health Food Police go after next?

New Yorkers face an 8 percent unemployment rate, with an additional 7 percent more who have given up looking, a looming multi-billion dollar municipal budget shortfall, a growing $66 billion long-term debt and long-term pension funding shortfalls in the billions, along with other critical issues. Bloomberg should worry about these more pressing quality-of-life issues.

Larry Penner
Great Neck, LI

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