It’s getting to be common, big steps by the government to enter our lives. Some of the steps, it has been argued, are necessary because it is necessary for government to protect us from ourselves. There are countless laws along those lines, from seat belts, to no-smoking bans, to sugary drinks, and perhaps even installing stop signs and speed limits.
Like many Americans, we thought banning large, sugary drinks by New York was a Big Foot step. Now a New York state judge has struck down that law, which was enacted as part of the antiobesity campaign. The law in New York had support from Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration. The mayor says he will continue to fight for the citywide ban.
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