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Olivia Bernstein: Disagrees with CDH vending machine change

To the editor:

In this day in age, the American public is constantly inundated with choices when it comes to food selection. Healthy versus unhealthy, store bought versus homemade, and in reference to soda, diet versus regular. Although remarkably higher in calorie and sugar content, regular soda lacks artificial sweeteners that are prevalent in diet soda. It is suspected, but not proven, that the ingredients in diet soda may have long-term negative consequences; however, many people choose to avoid the possible risk altogether.

As an avid supporter of one of my mom’s favorite phrases, “I’d rather eat my calories than drink them,” I personally am willing to take the risk that comes from drinking diet soda. However, I strongly believe that it is up to each individual to make this decision.

Recently, Cooley Dickinson Hospital of Northampton made an effort to improve the selection of healthy food options by installing new vending machines, along with halting the sale of any carbonated drinks with full sugar content, replacing them with diet soda. These efforts are undeniably well intentioned, but take away the ability of the hospital’s patrons to weigh the varying pros and cons of different beverage consumption. Although this is in part a health issue, it is more prominently a violation of the individual’s freedom of choice. I believe each consumer is responsible for the hundreds of food choices they make each day; Cooley Dickinson Hospital does not have the authority to decide this for others.

Olivia Bernstein

Northampton

I'm afraid my previous post was unnecessarily vitriolic, but once the submit button is clicked, further editing is apparently not possible. (Note to self: In the future do all your editing in Word and copy to this forum only when completely done). I do stand by the following: "Cooley Dickinson is in the healthcare business and they have entire departments dedicated to educating the public about disease prevention and healthy nutrition. Not peddling these addictive drinks in their facility is totally in line with their mission and most certainly within their rights." The rest was me being the toddler.

Wow! How did we become a nation of such self-obsessed, whiny toddlers? I want my sody pop and it's everyone's responsibility to make it available to me wherever and whenever I want it. Cooley Dickinson is in the healthcare business and they have entire departments dedicated to educating the public about disease prevention and healthy nutrition. Not peddling these addictive drinks in their facility is totally in line with their mission and most certainly within their rights. No one is keeping you from eating or drinking anything because guess what: directly across the street from the hospital is a convenience store that will sell you all manner of unhealthy snack or drink - probably even a quart-sized cup of crushed ice soaked in brightly colored corn syrup. All it takes is a 90-second walk which may even do you a bit of good, but if that's too much you can just drive your car across the street. Good grief, get over yourselves already.

I agree 100%. I for one prefer to eat and drink what I want without someone making the decision for me.

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