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Healthy laws in major city could hit close to home

Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 9:45 am

Though most Vandalia area residents could care less about what laws are passed in New York City, it’s still important to note when some controversial ordinances are passed that could be a model for city and county governments to follow across America.
On March 12, the New York City Health Department’s ban on businesses selling sugary beverages larger than 16 ounces goes into effect, after the charge for the ban to fight obesity was led by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
This means a simple trip to a fast food restaurant or a convenience store means customers can’t get any sugary beverage over the size of 16 ounces.
The silly thing about this band is while it may provide a “healthy” alternative for the individual who wants a sugary beverage like a soda, it prohibits large quanities being bought for multiple people.
This is why Domino’s Pizza in New York City are eliminating their 2 liter bottles of soda and instead only carrying 16 ounce bottles and 12 ounce cans. Places like Pizza Hut will have to stop selling pitchers of soda in New York City due to the ban.
According to a New York Post article, a pizzeria charges $3 for a 2-liter bottle of Coke. Under the ban, customers would have to buy six 12-ounce cans at $7.50 for an equivalent amount of soda.
Ironically, this results in more trash cluttering up New York City landfills.
This city is also filled with night time hot spots, which usually offer large sizes of tonic water, cranberry juice, and other mixers. Only water and 100 percent juice will not be limited.
The ban does not include alcoholic drinks and diet sodas.
Violations will cost $200 each.
Will this law be hitting Vandalia any time soon? Likely not. But since it is hitting the largest city in America, it wouldn’t be too far fetched to see cities like St. Louis, Columbia, and Kansas City entertain these types of drastic measures to fight obesity in the near future.
District Basketball
While none of the four local district basketball teams from Van-Far and Community R-VI advanced past districts, all four teams of players should be commended for their seasons.
These student athletes are forced to balance school work and the many hours spent playing a sport they love in order to attempt to represent their districts the best way they know how.
One more thing, I will say the district title game between the Community R-VI and Glasgow boys basketball teams on Saturday was perhaps the best game I’ve seen since taking over at The Vandalia Leader in 2007.
The game went back and forth in regulation only to have a Trojans’ 3-pointer send the game into overtime where Glasgow pulled out the late one point victory.
While the result wasn’t what Trojans fans had in mind, the players should not be ashamed for the way they played in that game. Glasgow’s coach, who led his team to the Final Four last year, told Community R-VI head coach Dave Smith that the Trojans team 1-5 was the best his squad has played all year.
Both teams were pretty evenly matched and played their hearts out. Both teams left their hearts out on the court.
It was a fun game to watch. Too bad one team had to lose that one…Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.