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July 24, 2012


Linda Wright

Dead is still dead. As a Canadian I find the gun-toting policies south of the border disturbing (& I am none too pleased about the guns on Canadian streets, either), but even so, statistics indicate that in 2010 there were 14,748 murders in the US. On the other hand, it is also estimated that 300,000 deaths each year in the US are attributed to obesity. Even if that stat is over-stated by half (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1448478/) it still overwhelms the unsettling murder rate (all of which I suspect were not committed with a gun). So, it would seem that your mortality is under greater threat by the culture of "super-size it" than the right to bear arms. So maybe if your legislators can't stand up to the NRA lobby, they can stand up to the sugar lobby, and in the end, still save lives. And don't get me started on tobacco or drunk drivers...

Pasco Struhs

You probably objected to the warning label on cigarettes too. Interesting. I live in NJ and work in NY City. I don't mind them spending my tax dollars trying to create a healthier environment. This is not about choice. Its about preventing the beverage companies from taking advantage of consumers' natural propensity to simply consume what is in front of them. I don't know why you care being a Florida tax-paying resident.

Rick Georges

I care because the nanny state is growing. And, yes, I used to be a smoker in my youth; but, the warning labels didn't make me quit. It was my own choice.

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