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That's going to be a hard one to swallow for most people. But alas, it's not something Crossroads residents need concern themselves with. It's a move by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg that "would impose a 16-ounce limit on any sugary bottled or fountain drinks that contain more than 25 calories per 8 ounces," according to The Associated Press article by Candice Choi.

I don't know about you, but for me, 16 ounces of cola is a lot. Whenever I grab eats from a fast food joint, I usually suck down about a quarter of the drink that comes with my meal and the rest of it melts and becomes a watery mess, not only in the cup, but also on the outside as it sweats on to the table.

Later in the article, the Coca-Cola company adds a comment about consumer decisions, "The people of New York City are much smarter than the New York City Health Department believes," the Atlanta-based company said in a statement. "New Yorkers expect and deserve better than this. They can make their own choices about the beverages they purchase. We hope New Yorkers loudly voice their disapproval about this arbitrary mandate." Interesting way of giving the power to the consumer and making the N.Y.C. officials look like the bad guys in this battle, no? I think it's a considerate gesture that takes into account a lot of talk about sugar being toxic to one's health, and I think it it's tactfully done. Don't take away sodas completely, just limit the amount that can be consumed.

Not to mention, the ban is only on the size of the drink, not the number of drinks that may be purchased. So the Big-Apple-soda-purchasing customers may have to buy two drinks instead of one, I don't think it's such a bad idea. As the saying goes, everything in moderation is a good thing, right? I think New Yorkers can live with a little less cola in their diet.

In a society where the Route 44 drinks are sought after during Happy Hour, corner stores have the largest selection of drinks imaginable and most cars have a minimum of four cup holders, what do you say? What are your thoughts on the ban? Are there other ways the N.Y.C. Health Department could have gone about it?