RE “Mayor proposes limits on soda sizes” (Metro , June 19): Unfortunately, the much-ridiculed proposal by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to limit sales of sugary soft drinks larger than 16 ounces has caught on with other city leaders, namely Cambridge Mayor Henrietta Davis.
Davis erroneously assumes that by simply regulating the size of soft drinks, the city can induce individuals to make healthier choices. In actuality, people will always find clever ways around these barriers. Perhaps instead of buying a 16-ounce soda, people will take to buying multiple 12-ounce soft drinks, or they will travel across city lines to buy larger drinks.
There is no doubt that there is an obesity problem in this country, especially among young people. But the proposal is an obvious infringement on individual liberty, and it’s another tragic example of elected leaders living up to the dubious and oft-repeated saying “never let a crisis go to waste.”