Regarding the June 14, letter commenting on New York's proposed ban on sodas ("New York Mayor Bloomberg's ban on sodas should be backed") my interest soon changed to destain when the author listed "public subsidies" a culprit to the obesity epidemic, jumping from sugary drinks to tobacco, meat and dairy and corn. More than 90 percent of agriculture subsidies go to five crops — wheat corn, soybeans, rice and cotton. Another source says the U.S. government heavily subsidizes grains, oilseeds, cotton, sugar and dairy products. Most other products, which account for about half of the total value of agriculture production (including beef/meats, hay, fruits, tree nuts and vegetables), receive only minimal government support. I do not disagree that there is an obesity problem in this country nor the fact that initial debates on many of our public safety laws (seat belts and passive restraints in vehicles, smoking in public building, and helmet laws for example) were initially against government intrusion to regulate how we live. I disagree that eliminating subsidies, which I question their necessity, is a solution. During the few years that tobacco received zero subsidies, there was no effect on tobacco use.