Do we really need a tax on sugary drinks? Is this really the best way to elevate the health level of our community's kids? I don't think so.
This ballot issue's proponents state that 40 percent of Telluride children don't get the recommended amount of physical activity each day. If true, couldn't that be more directly changed with parenting, than with a tax? The same campaign says that Telluride kids -- American kids in general – consume way too much sugar, and mostly through sugary drinks. That's likely true; but aren't most of those drinks, those big gulps, those cases of "sports" drinks, being bought for the kids by the parents themselves?
Better lifelong health and nutrition habits are more likely to result from learning within the family, or schools, and not from a tax. The substantial funds these proponents seem to be spending – on campaign ads, a website and a campaign manager – could go directly toward education, instead of promoting passage of a misguided and likely ineffective tax.
– Jim Pettegrew,Telluride