Policy Order Resolution
WHEREAS: High intake of soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages increases the risk of obesity and diabetes; and
WHEREAS: New York City has a plan to limit the serving size of soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages sold in restaurants; now therefore be it
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to refer the matter of a ban on soda and sugar-sweetened beverages in restaurants to the Cambridge Public Health Department for a recommendation.SEE!?!?!? We can be just as pig-headed and Nanny State Uber Alles as NYC! A bad idea worth pushing is worth pushing to the extreme, that's the Massachusetts way. Notice that they're not talking about large sizes, mind you; this is a complete and utter ban on all "sweetened" beverages in Cambridge. Bye bye Starbucks!
Gah. It certainly doesn't surprise me - Cambridge is pretty much the Berkeley of the East Coast. This move, though, is going to catch them by surprise, I think - people aren't going take having their half-caf mocha latte banned lightly. I suspect this might be the kind of significant overreach that might actually garner a reaction - because nothing irritates a progressive than having one of their sacred oxen gored..
Ah, Massachusetts, where a bad idea is not discarded, but emulated...
That is all.