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Lots of reaction to the proposed NYC ban on large sugary sodas.

MNB user Jan Dragotta wrote:

The problem is not dietary sugar large drinks but way too much caffeine in the coffee of our elected officials – giving them too much energy to do dumb things instead of focusing on balancing costs with revenues to reduce our taxes.  Do we really need a Mayor (or any other elected official for that matter) who focuses on these things? 

On second thought, the ban should NOT be on large coffees but maybe on excess taxes that ultimately fund too many elected officials!  If we have to have Mayors then maybe getting rid of all their staffs so that they simply don’t have enough time to do dumb things could be a boon for democracy!

MNB user Blake Steen wrote:

This is a very scary “slippery slope” we are going down.  If the masses can’t control themselves on a big gulp what is next?  Always track the money when it comes to these things.  Has the sports world or the movie theaters made Mr. Bloomberg mad lately?

MNB user Bob Warzecha wrote:

All this talk about Bloomberg and his desire to ban large drinks versus consuming everything in moderation reminds me of a discussion I had with my doctor about two or three years ago.

My doctor asked me how often I eat at a fast food restaurant (she was concerned about my sodium intake).  I like Big Macs so I told her that once a year on my birthday I go to McDonald's to have one.  She relied "Once a year, on your birthday?  Well, knock your socks off, super-size the meal".

MNB user Glenn Cantor wrote:

In commenting about the recent torrent of injuries in Major League Baseball, one of ESPN’s commentators stated that a General Manager proposed that a possible reason for muscle injuries might be enhanced dehydration caused by sports and energy drinks.  Think about the ramifications if this theory gains traction.

It'll make the NYC proposal look like a tempest in a teapot.

Regarding the Walmart bribery scandal, MNB user Tom Robbins wrote:

Enough on the "bribery" scandal. Let move on to things that "we" can do to improve our  business.

Not sure I can accommodate you on this one.

I'm sure than some days it is like I am beating a dead horse, and I'll try to be conscious of that. But this is a big story that speaks volumes about the character of an American retailing institution and the people who run it. I'm interested in stories about character ... and also stories that have things like scandal, bribery, foreign affairs, and corporate intrigue.

This may be a character flaw on my part ... but I can't help it.
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