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South Philly Review - March 17, 2016
Too sweet to stomach?
To the Editor:
Salty potato chips, hot dogs at the ballpark, cheese steaks, Tastykakes, crabfries at Chickie’s & Pete’s.
If the three-cents-per-ounce soda tax gets approved, it would be just a matter of time before other ‘unhealthy’ beverages or food items get the sin-tax slapped on them.
Under Mayor Jim Kenney’s plan, a two-liter of soda at the current price-point of $1.50 would amount to an extra penalty tax of $2.04, which is obviously more than the cost of the actual bottle.
High-fructose corn syrup can be found in numerous foods and beverages on grocery store shelves in the United States and is widely used as a sweetener in soft drinks, juices, and processed foods.
The actual biggest killer is developing heart disease based on a high-sodium diet. About 610,000 Americans die from it each year— that’s one in every four deaths, according to the Centers for Dis-ease Control and Prevention.
More than 40 cities across the United States have rejected the extra taxation on sugary drinks, and such implementation would turn out to be one more burden for overtaxed citizens of Philadelphia.
Fun fact: Five years ago, as a council member, Kenney rejected the soda-tax that then-mayor Michael Nutter proposed. But, I guess he was just playing politics.
Jason Kaye Northeast Philadelphia
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