According to the article titled The Squeeze on Soda from the Health & Fitness section of The Durango Herald (Aug. 8), Southwest Colorados legislators gave the penny-per-ounce tax on sugared drinks a thumbs down. Sen. Ellen Roberts feels that this price hike may not make a difference, but how will we know without trying?
And if Rep. J. Paul Brown thinks a sugared-drink tax would hurt poor people, he might consider that the drink would hurt them far more. Is he arguing on behalf of a poor diet? In Shannon Butlers biased opinion, this tax would not be the solution to the obesity epidemic, but it would certainly be a good start.
If our Southwest Colorado representatives are more averse to any kind of tax increase on the worst foods in our diet than their constituents health, then I am embarrassed and disappointed in their leadership.