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Dear Editor:

Wiser words could not have been written in your Guest Op-Ed by several Council members (June 15) brave enough to oppose Mayor Bloomberg’s support of the Department of Health’s proposal to ban the sale of beverages over 16 ounces to combat the excessive calories contained in sugary drinks.

It is a waste of taxpayer dollars. There is no coercion used to get customers to purchase beverages. Everyone is aware of both calories and sugar content. High obesity rates have just as much to do with the sedentary life style of many, who spend more time on i-pods and home computers then playing sports, exercising after work or just walking.

Everyone’s profit margins are dependent upon the sales of large beverages. Distributors of soda provide gainful employment for thousands of warehouse and delivery people. Restaurants, movie theaters, supermarkets, local delis and bodegas who stock larger sodas and related products assist in providing tens of thousands of additional jobs.

Customers purchase these products via free will. Even a child can figure out how to get around this ban. Customers will increase pollution 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?


Larry Penner

Great Neck

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