Speak Out: Beverage bill

Readers reacted to a recent Commentary regarding House Bill 79, which would make the default beverage in bundled children’s meals water, sparkling water, flavored water with no added sugar, flavored or unflavored milk, or 100 percent fruit or vegetable juice. If parents or guardians choose, they can opt for an alternative beverage instead.

• Yeah this bill makes perfect sense! More big government! It’s the parents’ responsibility to monitor what the kids are drinking nobody else’s! — Dean Grabowski

•Did you read it? There’s no monitoring or policing of choices here. It’s literally just making water the default option and you have to ask for soda instead. — Danielle Levredge

•You always have to indicate what you want to drink. There is no “default.” There is nowhere that I know of that automatically brings or gives you a soda. — David A Gibson

• I’m all for promoting healthy living, but not in legislation. — Tyler Beguiler

• Legislating parental responsibility is not what is needed. These options are already there. — Carol Cunningham Brown

• More government control is not the answer. — Mark Schmalhofer

• Your betters know what you should think, drink, eat and act. You are all too stupid so we must make your decisions for you. (and in reality we are just taking more of your money which was the actual goal of ours in the first place.) — James Green

• As a parent and now a grandparent, I find this bill offensive. I don’t need government interference into ordering a meal for my grandchildren. One might say that the bill only “sets the default drink” and you have the option to choose a different beverage — as a parent or guardian that is my choice. This would basically be a foot in the door for more intrusion. Government already controls enough of my life and I see this as also more than likely increasing the cost of said meals. Let parents do their job! — Dan Maher

• You can just leave people alone. Government doesn’t need to be involved in everything. — Hilary Ennis

• Once again trying to legislate good behavior and take accountability away from the individual. What I’d like to see our legislators working on are ways to lure decent paying jobs to Delaware. To be clear – NOT taking menial service jobs and artificially inflate the wage to $15 an hour — but real high-paying jobs. — Dave Fisher

• But they will legalize marijuana with no thought to parents smoking around kids. — Nabeela Jeanne Black Swartz

• The repealing of the EPA Clean Air Act is far more dangerous than someone smoking pot around children. — Cheri Zatko-Coseglia

• Next it will be default veggie meals. The government has just a few jobs. Deliver the mail, defend the country and stay the hell out of my life. — Pete Parks

• It’s simple – Offer only water and cut out all the sugar! — Scott Berry

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