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Philadelphia Inquirer - April 27, 2016

Letters: Don't let poor shoulder soda-tax burden

AFTER READING the recent commentary by Marc Steir on on the proposed tax on sugary drinks, I wasn't only incensed by it but deeply resented it.

Like many who sit in think tanks and see the deprivations of distressed communities from afar, Steir seems to think that because the 3-cents-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages will benefit the poor, they should be willing to pay for it.

He crossed a serious social line when he wrote that.

Low-income people, many of whom live in food deserts, who don't always have access to quality pre-Kindergarten programs should welcome higher grocery bills with open arms?

Children in low-income families will benefit by being prepared to enter school. The restoration of libraries and parks is even more necessary in distressed communities. But don't speak of correcting the ills of our city by adding financial burdens on the backs of those who suffer from economic injustice.

Pastor Dayna DeVine
Speak Life International Ministry

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