Beverage tax hits healthy drinks, too

May 24, 2010

Jean Marbella's ''No Free Drinks: Bottle Tax Deserves Another Shot'' (May 23) was off the mark.

She's for the tax, saying, ''Someone show me where you have the right to down all those high-fructose corn syrup-laden drinks you want, and pump it into your kids as well.''

Doesn't the columnist realize there are sugar-free alternatives, and that water also is sold in bottles?

What's more, these unhealthy ingredients are found in all sorts of cereals, sauces and snacks. So why not tax everything under the sun, then?

Cheryl Herman, Pikesville

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