Letters: Shrinking soda sizes wrong answer
Maybe instead of banning big sugary drinks and infringing on a person's right to get fat, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg should propose a law that all fast food restaurants have a cold water fountain with large cups available for patrons ["BloomieBan worse than Obamacare," Opinion, July 8].
New York City has the most delicious and refreshing water in the country, straight from the Catskill Mountains, with zero calories! Most people do not like to ask for a cup of water from fast food places because they get warm sink water and dirty looks.
Given the choice, I think people would prefer a cup of free, cold New York City water over a $2 cup of ice, sugar and chemicals.
Yes, Bloomberg's soda ban is stupid but hardly comparable to seat belt laws. Yes, government goes to some places it shouldn't have to, but Americans can be pretty slack at sensible decision-making, dietary and political.
Big Brotherism bothers me most when government tries to limit women's rights or puts restrictions on gay life, voting rights, etc. -- but most of all, the kowtowing to the somehow sacred cow of military spending on power-grabbing endeavors like the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I'm utterly sickened by the deceits.
I agree that Mayor Bloomberg is totally wrong when he purports to know what is good for us. I thought Republicans were against government's intruding in our private lives. He's just one more hypocrite telling us what we can do with our bodies.
As a registered dietitian, I abhor people consuming such high-calorie foods empty of nutrition, such as soda, but how can we legislate the amount and types of food people eat? How much more intrusive can government become? Soon we'll be telling people that they can't circumcise their sons and they need vaginal probes before having a legal abortion. Oh, no, that could never happen!
Strike down this ridiculous regulation. This is a slippery slope that is a distraction from real, substantive issues.
How many New Yorkers would have allowed Bloomberg a third term if they knew that he planned to do this?