I find it unlikely that Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services’ budget crisis will be solved by imposing taxes on specific foods or beverages (Taxing our social duty to Maine people, Sun Journal, Feb. 1).
There is no evidence to support that tax impositions decrease the use of these foods. Furthermore, such a revenue enhancement unfairly impacts low-income families.
In regard to the food stamp program, it is noted that, “the state provides money but not tips on shopping or eating responsibly.” Why not? Instead of implementing taxes, the state should implement healthy lifestyle education programs that emphasize balanced diets and exercise.
While I agree not all foods and drinks are life necessities, choosing to eat them (or not) should rely on individual discretion, not a tax. In addition to promoting Mainers’ well being, perhaps the state should also protect their rights.
I am sure states can think of better ways to raise revenue and allow citizens their inalienable rights to “live to eat” or “eat to live.”
Sophia Kamveris, Arlington, Mass.