The Boston Globe reports that "City may curb sales of sugary beverages":
First, it was smoking in restaurants and bars. Then, artery-clogging trans fat in fast food joints and bakeries. Now, Boston health regulators have their crosshairs fixed on soft drinks and other sugar-sweetened beverages sold in city buildings.
Concerned about the girth of employees and visitors to government agencies, Boston officials are weighing - gingerly - whether to restrict or even prohibit the sale of calorie-laden refreshments on city-owned property.
The city has convened influential health, education, and housing leaders to develop a policy that aims to reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. While discussions are ongoing, Bill Walczak, head of a community health center and a member of the city's panel, said, "Somebody has to take a stand, and if it isn't the government and health care institutions leading the way to a healthier lifestyle, who's going to do it?''
The final line is priceless. If not government, who's going to do it? Apparently it never occurred to Walczak that the person standing in front of the vending machine might have some say in the matter.