Ms. Vernick's comment appeared in the July 17 edition of the Howard County Times,  "Credit Howard County for creating culture of health." I noticed two diversions:  the comment shifted responsibility for the sugar-soda ban from the Democratic County Executive Ken Ulman to some anonymous "Howard County," and presented the  interference as a public good, "raising public health standards..."

The government's apologists always offer the same defenses for taking away personal liberties.  "We know better than you." "It's for your own good."

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The truth is, there are no good reasons for a government  to infringe a citizen's rights to make personal decisions. None.

I hope Mr. Ulman realizes the distrust  the soda ban generated.  Erstwhile Republicans, offended by the Tea Party, migrated toward the Democratic Party only to have their worst fears confirmed.  Democrats are willing and able to stand in loco parentis, telling citizens what they can eat and small businesses what they can sell.  On Independence Day.

Mr. Ulman,  acknowledge the  mistake. Say you'll never do it again, especially if you get near the governor's office.  Concerned Democrats, please contact your government representatives and their campaigns about this.

Kathleen Lane

Columbia

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