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Robi Rawl's commentary, "Repeal water tax" (Feb. 23), was a pithy pitch for making water more prominent in our lives, especially given the harm caused by sugary drink consumption.

I was at the committee hearing for this bill in Annapolis. It was widely supported by health groups, faith groups, community groups and the business community. The International Bottled Water Association and the Maryland Retailers Association came out full force in favor of the bill. The only group missing from this love fest for cheaper water was the trade group for Coke and Pepsi.

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The American Beverage Association, sponsor of First Lady Michelle Obama's Drink Up! campaign that encourages water consumption, could only muster a letter of information. Coke and Pepsi are the makers of Dasani and Aquafina bottled water brands. Why don't they support this measure that would pass along a tax cut to their health-conscious customers and perhaps increase consumption of their own bottled water products?

Jennifer Poliwka, Baltimore

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