Re: Boston mulls soda ban in government buildings
IF and only if this was about Boston banning the sale of soda pop anywhere in the city, then I would agree with you all. But it's not.
It's about the city deciding to no longer make soda pop available in the vending machines in municipal buildings in order to encourage healthier choices by people who use those buildings.
They didn't say they would hunt you down for drinking a Big Gulp of Mountain Dew you got at 7-11 and write you a ticket for it. They didn't even say they were banning the drinking of soda in City Hall. They said "we won't make Mountain Dew or any other sodas in cans or bottles available through vending machines in government buildings in the city."
Now, tell me how that violates your rights? Is it the City of Boston's responsibility to make sure you have available to you, in all city buildings, the venue through which to purchase soda? I always thought the vending machines were more of a privilege than a right.
It is certainly the Council's prerogative to change what is put in those vending machines - and it doesn't violate your rights in the least that they decided to take out soda. I hope they put in bottled water instead. Or just return to the days when all they had was a water cooler or water fountains in those buildings.
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