Yet Another Drink Banned

plastic-bottled-waterNew York City isn't the only place banning certain kinds of drinks. Concord, Massachusetts has just enacted a similar ban, but on an entirely different beverage. Water! That's right. You can't buy water in Concord any more. To be more specific, you can't buy single-serving bottled water in Concord. The reasons cited for the ban is the excessive use of fossil fuel to create these plastic bottles, many of which end up in landfills -- a completely unnecessary price to pay when tap water is readily available and perfectly healthy.

A heartfelt, nonsarcastic BRAVO to the Town of Concord for having the guts to pass such a law! New York, are you next?

Nanny Bloomberg

Bloomberg is at it again. He is hellbent on making New Yorkers healthier, first by going after smoking and then after trans fats. (He even tried to go after salt in restaurants. Much to the relief of city chefs, he was unsuccessful.) Now large sugary drinks are in the crosshairs. In particular, he wants to make it illegal for food establishments to serve drinks larger than 16 ounces.

Needless to say, the soft drink industry is none too pleased. To quote an ad they placed in the New York Times, "Nanny Bloomberg has taken his strange obsession with what you eat one step further.... What’s next? Limits on the width of a pizza slice, size of a hamburger or amount of cream cheese on your bagel?"

In Bloomberg's defense, you can still order 32 ounces of soda at a restaurant. You just have to order two 16 ounce drinks. (The hope is that by doing so, people will better realize just how much they are consuming.)

Salt ban?

In a bill currently being considered by our competent state legislature: "No owner or operator of a restaurant in this state shall use salt in any form in the preparation of any food for consumption by customers of such restaurant." Not surprisingly, chefs are up in arms over this heavy-handed and totally unreasonable proposal to lower the sodium intake of restaurant-goers.

This bill is an unfortunately consequence of the smoking and trans fat bans having passed so successfully and with such good results. Our lawmakers are starting to think it's their responsibility to monitor every aspect of our health.

This time, it appears, they've gone way too far.