Arrow-right Camera
Go to e-Edition Sign up for newsletters Customer service
Subscribe now
Opinion >  Letters

Not about affordable groceries

Why would Coca Cola, Pepsi and Red Bull contribute a combined nearly $3,000,000 to fund deceptive ads in support of Initiative 1634? Hint: it’s not about “affordable groceries.” It’s not even about affordable sugary drinks.

I-1634 would prevent local governments from imposing a tax on sugary drinks. Research has shown that sugary drink consumption leads to obesity and diabetes, at a measurable cost to public health. Taxes can slow this down or at least recoup some of the societal costs. Maybe a sugary drink tax is the nanny state, maybe it’s good government. The initiative eliminates the power of local government, and local voters, to make that choice.

Why would the industry oppose this? Profits, of course, and convenience. They know the tax can reduce consumption. It’s a burden to send lobbyists to every city that considers a soda tax to argue and pay, umm, campaign contributions, to defeat these measures individually.

As always, when corporation public relations departments are exercising their free speech, you know one thing is true: their corporate lips are moving.

Terry Sawyer



Letters policy

The Spokesman-Review invites original letters on topics of public interest. Your letter must adhere to the following rules:

  • No more than 250 words
  • We reserve the right to reject letters that are not factually correct, racist or are written with malice.
  • We cannot accept more than one letter a month from the same writer.
  • With each letter, include your daytime phone number and street address.
  • The Spokesman-Review retains the nonexclusive right to archive and re-publish any material submitted for publication.
Unfortunately, we don’t have space to publish all letters received, nor are we able to acknowledge their receipt.
Click here to learn more.

Submit letters using any of the following:

Our online form

Mail: Letters to the Editor
The Spokesman-Review
999 W. Riverside Ave.
Spokane, WA 99201

Fax: (509) 459-3815
Questions?: (509) 459-5430