Letter: Tax carbonated sugar water
To the Editor:
Every mom in town and every mom in DeKalb County knows that carbonated sugar water is bad for their children: It is expensive, is an empty food, and it contains lots of sugar. Soda pop consumption often results in both disease and obesity; it may keep you poor and perhaps in poverty.
A progressive way of prevention is to impose a county tax on soda pop, say 2 cents per can, to suggest that parents refrain from purchasing this expensive-in-all-ways drink.
Are Coke, Pepsi and others addictive like cigarettes? Once consumers learned the true negatives of tobacco, and were faced with an increased price in part from taxation, consumption dropped drastically, and this is a good thing, for we now are a more healthy society. So let it be with a decline in soda pop drinking.
This may be a practical start of a solution for families. The next time you visit a restaurant, offer your smart children three choices.
They can order anything they want to drink and if:
1. It is milk or juice, you, the parents pay
2. It is soda pop, they, the children, pay
3. They choose water, which is free, they receive $1 at once.
You want to talk about the expense? Say you drink two pops a day at $1 each. Over 10 years, you have spent more than $7,000. With compound interest, this may be worth over $10,000. Now if you think that is smart ...