2006-10-05 / Letters/Opinion

What's Your Opinion?

QUESTION: The city's Board of Health has proposed that all of New York's 20,000 restaurants eventually stop cooking with damaging, artificial trans fat in the interest of better health. Do you think the government has the right to legislate food content i
Compiled by Bill O'Neill

QUESTION: The city's Board of Health has proposed that all of New York's 20,000 restaurants eventually stop cooking with damaging, artificial trans fat in the interest of better health. Do you think the government has the right to legislate food content in city restaurants?


"I don't think they should do that. They don't have the right. It's a personal choice what people eat. The government doesn't have the right to tell people what to eat or not to eat. That's like the government telling me what to think or say. It's a violation of people's rights."
Jamael Murray, Canarsie"I don't think they should do that. They don't have the right. It's a personal choice what people eat. The government doesn't have the right to tell people what to eat or not to eat. That's like the government telling me what to think or say. It's a violation of people's rights." Jamael Murray, Canarsie"I do think the government should legislate to make food healthier in restaurants. In the United States, in general, one of our biggest problems is obesity. People go out and don't eat responsibly. It is the government's responsibility to step in if people won't take the necessary precautions."
Teddy Serrano, Canarsie"I do think the government should legislate to make food healthier in restaurants. In the United States, in general, one of our biggest problems is obesity. People go out and don't eat responsibly. It is the government's responsibility to step in if people won't take the necessary precautions." Teddy Serrano, Canarsie"I think the government does. Yes, I think that's good to do that. I'm diabetic. So anything the government can do to help out is good. Trans fats are dangerous - and the government should legislate it."
Kandi Shelton, Canarsie"I think the government does. Yes, I think that's good to do that. I'm diabetic. So anything the government can do to help out is good. Trans fats are dangerous - and the government should legislate it." Kandi Shelton, Canarsie"Yes, I think the government should have a say. Initially, the FDA has to regulate the food we eat. So if there's an ingredient that's harming people, the government has to say so - because the government could be held liable."
Ronald Shelton, Canarsie"Yes, I think the government should have a say. Initially, the FDA has to regulate the food we eat. So if there's an ingredient that's harming people, the government has to say so - because the government could be held liable." Ronald Shelton, Canarsie

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