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Letters: Taxing sugar

July 13, 2015 Letter writers (June 1 ADA News) complained about sugar drink taxes. Taxing sugar drinks could reduce government spending. The Heritage Foundation says Medicare spending is growing faster than any other part of government. A Duke University study said obesity related illnesses are projected to cost $550 billion a year. I read that 46 percent of Congress received donations from American Crystal Sugar in the last election cycle. No wonder we have huge government sugar subsidies, tariffs on foreign sugar competitors, the destruction of our Everglades due to “big sugar” and little action on sugar taxes. Would the letter writers at least support elimination of sugar subsidies?

Joseph D. Barnett, D.D.S.
Tallahassee, Florida