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Friday, October 15, 2010

Paternalism and Soda (scroll down for Rosser's letter)

Ezra Rosser is wrong (Letters, October 12, 2010: A24).

Through its massive agricultural subsidies of almost $4 billion per year for corn, the US government keeps the price of soda, laced with corn syrup, low for all of us.

1 comment:

Debra Stang said...

I, too, have mixed emotions about this measure. On the one hand, there's no doubt that sugar and caffeine is not a healthful combination, especially for kids and teens. (See link for a newsfeed of Dr. John Preston talking about the problems associated with teens drinking too much caffeine.) On the other hand, I don't think it's right to target poor people specifically. This is a problem that affects everyone. If policies are to be made, let the policies affect everyone as well.

Debra Stang
Alliant Professional Networking Specialist