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My Turn: NY gov wants to ban the sale of sugary drinks

The mayor of the largest city in America recently announced a proposed ban on the sale of sodas and other sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts.

This once again brings up the issue concerning what the purpose of government really is.  What should they be doing and more importantly, what should they not be doing? 

Now I agree that public safety is an area I want my government involved in.  One of the essential functions of government is providing protection against injury, loss of property and loss of freedom.    I want the military.  I want the police, and I want the judicial system. 

So where does the need for our government's need to look out for us need to stop?  I've heard one good analysis that makes sense to me.  Our government should be all about protecting us from each other.  But when they get into the business of trying to protect us from ourselves, that's where it gets out of hand.    

This kind of abuse of power needs to stop somewhere and soda pop might be the sweet spot.         

That's my turn.  Now it's your turn.  To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at


Emailed comments from viewers:

So when is big brother going to protect us against French fries,Ice cream, what will our government try next put the whites on the back of the bus to prevent problems I am so "FED" up with the crap I would be better off in Russia!


I disagree!!! More people die from weight problems then tobacco. So my question to you is where were you when Bev Perdue was passing this ban issue. I think if we wish to live in a state where we are giving up our freedoms that many of us fought and died for then let's not do it half way. Just do it all.

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