NYC’s big sugary drink ban knocked down

Big news today in the ongoing battle over regulating sugary drink consumption.

A judge has struck down New York City’s ban on big sugary drinks,  just hours before it was supposed to take effect. The judge ruled that the first-in-the-nation measure arbitrarily applies to only some sweet beverages and some places that sell them.

Was it the right thing to do? Or not?

Let us know what you think.

And, for the full story, check here: http://www.ajc.com/ap/ap/health/judge-strikes-down-nyc-sugary-drinks-size-rule/nWpFB/

37 comments Add your comment

Kevin

March 11th, 2013
4:02 pm

I believe the ban should remain.

The government knows what’s best for us.

TrishaDishawareagle

March 11th, 2013
4:06 pm

Finally ! someone with common sense stepped in to say wtf..this is AMERICA we do not let elected
d bags tell us what to drink or eat.The second that someone tells me they need to curtail my liberty “for my own good” I immediately hope that person dies in an agonizingly painful way after a short miserable life,..Like Hugo chaves and his stomach cancer:)

Jim Smith

March 11th, 2013
4:06 pm

Why does Bloomberg want to restrict soada, but not 1lb sandwiches or mega sized cheesecake from the NY Deli’s

Mark

March 11th, 2013
4:07 pm

What different does it make if I like it or not. I don’t live in NY

TrishaDishawareagle

March 11th, 2013
4:08 pm

hugo chavez, rather…but a socialist pig by any other name smells the same..after they have been dead a few days haha :)

GJ

March 11th, 2013
4:11 pm

Kevin…..you’re an idiot. I hope like hell you are kidding.

Devil's Advocate

March 11th, 2013
4:13 pm

Take all of my rights, and my lefts.

Mark

March 11th, 2013
4:20 pm

Yes, the ban should be struck down, just like the ban on marijuana and the ban on gay marriage. Right, republicans?

Funkisha

March 11th, 2013
4:27 pm

I do not understand why the voters of NYC keep reelecting Michael Bloomberg. Are they that helpless that they need some politician to tell them how to live their lives?

dilly

March 11th, 2013
4:27 pm

Yes, it should be struck down. What right does Bloomberg or any part of the government have in telling someone what they can and cannot eat or drink? Mark, it has nothing to do with being a Democrat, Libertarian or Republican. It’s not about politics. It’s a matter of a person’s right to choose what to put in their body, whether it is good for them or not.

thekimmer

March 11th, 2013
4:33 pm

The ban deserved to be struck down but not for the reason stated. The real reason is because of the underlying principle that the government has decided they know how to run your life better than you and is going to strip you of your rights and choices do so by force. Bloomberg already said it was to fight the obesity problem (like its any of his business). If so, then why stop there? Why not ban all junk food. Make it illegal to consume more than X calories per day. Dictate exactly what each person must eat. That is exactly what will eventually happen.

Lane

March 11th, 2013
4:36 pm

Yes it should be struck down. Without question. Government doesn’t make our choices for us. We do! We the people. The government works for us, not the other way around. Less regulation= more freedom. Who in their right minds wants less freedom? Well, except for liberals that is.

RWC

March 11th, 2013
4:39 pm

I say waterboard Bloomberg with sugary drinks till he admits he is a rich liberal and therefore better than the rest of us.

Mike

March 11th, 2013
4:49 pm

Since I am pro-choice, I am pleased with the judge’s ruling. Any Democrat who supported Bloomburg’s program needs to ask themselves why they are being hypocritical if they are pro-choice on abortion, but anti-choice on other issues like this one.

Halftrack

March 11th, 2013
4:54 pm

What right gives Doomberg to say what we should eat or drink? He has no right to control people’s lives. Our own destiny is what “Freedom” is all about. Why does he need a limosine to go play golf or whatever?

Mike

March 11th, 2013
5:03 pm

Since I am pro-choice, I am pleased with the judge’s ruling. All Democrats are hypocrits if they are pro-choice on abortion, but anti-choice on other issues like this one. I am pro-choice and want to marry a sugary soda in the hand of my lover Ike.

Mark

March 11th, 2013
5:04 pm

Yes, the ban should be struck down, just like the ban on marijuana and the ban on gay marriage. Left, liberals? Only Republicans can be Right!

Randy Rand

March 11th, 2013
5:06 pm

The law made as much legal sense as outlawing obesity! His next step will be a sugar drink tax. We can thank SCJ Roberts for the tax.

Correct-a-mundo

March 11th, 2013
5:06 pm

Liberals don’t have any Rights, because they only have what is Left.

Symbolism

March 11th, 2013
5:09 pm

Make no mistake, the Democrats have a jacka$s as their team mascot for a reason ….

D

March 11th, 2013
5:09 pm

Watch out Girl Scouts Ms.Obama and Mayor Bloomberg will be after you next.

Saul Good

March 11th, 2013
5:09 pm

Funny how the unimformed (republican teabaggers) keep spouting off about Bloomberg being a liberal democrat. He was first elected to be mayor as a billionaire probusiness republican and than became an indepentent.

At least one thing is true…New Yorkers are WAY healthier and live longer than soda guzzling, lard chomping southeners.

M

March 11th, 2013
5:21 pm

80% of NYC students can’t read and the Mayor is wasting energy and resources on patroling soft drinks.

Saul Good

March 11th, 2013
5:29 pm

really M??? Please provide your source. NYC students beat pretty much ALL of GA students on every test. So please provide a link to back up your BS…

TrishaDishawareagle

March 11th, 2013
5:35 pm

@saul

Last time I checked, a NY city accent was still on the FDA list of effective contraceptives

Saul Good

March 11th, 2013
5:49 pm

Trish, last I checked the first thing any one born in the south has to do to become a broadcaster is lose their accent. Reason? It=stupidity.

Saul Good

March 11th, 2013
6:14 pm

Last time I checked no woman would even want me. Reason? Smallgoods.

Traci404

March 11th, 2013
6:32 pm

The ban on sugary drinks should stay. WE ALL KNOW its not good for you. This is just like Cigarettes- will eventually kill you, but people do it anyway. WHEN YOU WALK aound the MALL or Grocery Store this week – count the number of Skinny people you see. And worse – count the number of skinny kids you see.

Traci404

March 11th, 2013
6:34 pm

Drink more PURE WATER…toss the SUGAR WATER

TrishaDishawareagle

March 11th, 2013
6:55 pm

@Traci404

What part of FREEDOM do you not get? Freedom means the ability to even do things you think are bad for people.

jarvis

March 11th, 2013
7:01 pm

@Saul, name a broadcaster with a New York accent

palepadre

March 11th, 2013
7:54 pm

Politics is about power,especially when you are a billionaire. He wouldn’t be if someone had passed a law to restrict how rich you could become. So he chose and worked to be super rich. On the food side,he has no right to limit food or drink portions, as long as people are willing to pay for them.

Gator Nation

March 11th, 2013
8:54 pm

Dear Mr. Bloomberg,

If you are worried about childhood obesity why don’t you try giving students more recess time and more PE time. Its just amazing what physical activity can do for a person.

Don't Tread

March 12th, 2013
9:18 am

It’s good that a judge sent the message that Bloomberg is neither king, emperor, nor dictator. He is a public servant and should act like it, beginning with having some respect for individual rights.

I’m pretty sure there’s nothing in the Constitution that says government has the right to dictate what and how much we eat.

ClydeFr0g

March 12th, 2013
10:04 am

This was struck down for the wrong reason, because it arbitrarily applied to some drinks and not others, and some retail establishments and not others. So basically the courts are supporting the concept of the government telling people what they can and cannot drink, they just want it to be consistent across all beverages and businesses.

Comrade Bloomberg knows that even the pathetic denizens of NYC have their limits on how much liberty they’ll allow their government to steal from them, which is why liberal “leaders” like to usurp liberty a little at a time…inch by inch so it doesn’t hurt so bad at one time.

Is consumption of too many sugary drinks bad for you? Of course! Does the government have the right to make that decision for anyone? HELL NO!

NY is pathetic though. This is the same place where the police can walk up to you, put you against the wall, and search you for no reason whatsoever – and they do it ALL THE TIME. This is the same place where the governor didn’t follow their own state constitution and rammed an unconstitutional gun control scheme down the throats of their people in the middle of the night without debate or input from the public.

And those of you calling Comrade Bloomberg a Republican…well, I can call myself a flying unicorn, it doesn’t make it so. This POS is NOT a Republican.

ClydeFr0g

March 12th, 2013
10:07 am

And for the record, I’m an Independent. I don’t like the Republicans or the Democrats, but you can’t call Comrade Bloomberg a Republican any more than you can say Kim Jong-un was fairly elected by his people.

thekimmer

March 12th, 2013
1:21 pm

Hey Saul, the first thing pretty much EVERY professional broadcaster does is get rid of their regional accent no matter where they were born. I would think an intelligent yankee like you would know that. And you call us southerners stupid.