Not about freedom of choice |

Not about freedom of choice

What’s up with Chris Cassatt’s cartoon (Aspen Times, Sept. 26) about the selling or not of soft drinks to the kids in our schools as being an issue of freedom of choice? It’s not like the school board will be taking away anybody’s right to consume these beverages or not.

The way I see it, they would just be making a decision to the best of their ability that soda is of no nutritional value (and even more likely deleterious to our health) and are therefore choosing not to encourage its consumption during school.

Now, being an avid student of nutrition, I am all too aware of the vast contradictory nature of this field. For every one opinion on whether something is healthy or not for you, there is someone else who will support the opposite theory.

For instance, should fluoride be added to our tap water? Some will say yes, and some will say no (but here in Aspen, as in many cities across the country, it’s added regardless ? now there’s an issue of freedom of choice). However, I believe that soda’s nutritional consequences are less questionable.

We could debate about the effects an average 40 grams of sugar (or aspartame in diet brands) and 36 mg of caffeine found in one 12-ounce serving have on kids.

But that is not my point here. In my opinion, the school board’s possible decision of not selling soda on school property is not an infringement on anybody’s Freedom of Choice.

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As a matter of fact, I’m sure that the school would stand to loose a little money if this were to pass. Although undoubtedly a small chunk of change, it shows me that there are indeed others who know that it’s love (for our children in this case), not money, that makes the world go around.

Aaron Jack


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