Soda Tax: Not the Answer

To the Editor: Re “What a Big Tax on Soft Drinks Can Do” (editorial, Oct. 19): Discriminatory taxes on beverages do not improve public health, and they divert us from meaningful solutions to complex health challenges. In the few places where they have been tried, excise taxes that single out beverages have been shown to…

Fighting For Their Company’s Life

Dale Ash, Cindy Colville and Hooper Matthews III are used to ups and downs in their family business – Pepsi Bottling Company of Atmore. Every small business experiences good and not-so-good times due to business cycles, the economy, etc. But when the product you sell – in this case beverages – is singled out by…

Diet Soda Drinkers Lost More Weight Than Water Drinkers

By MARY MacVEAN Los Angeles Times Published: May 3, 2015 6:00AM LOS ANGELES (TNS) — People taking part in a weight-loss program did better over 12 weeks if they drank diet soda than if they drank only water, researchers reported recently. Among the 303 dieters, the people who drank only water lost 8.4 pounds; those…

104-Year-Old Woman Says Dr. Pepper Keeps Her Young

From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: See story here The secret to longevity, you might be surprised to learn, has nothing to do with exercise, great medical care or drinking lots of water. At least if you ask one centenarian. A Texas woman celebrating her 104th birthday said she’s outsmarted Father Time and Mother Nature by imbibing…

South Carolina’s Transportation Needs

South Carolina is not alone in having inadequate and dilapidated highways and bridges; this is a national problem. The “road” to getting additional funding for South Carolina’s transportation system will be a bumpy ride!! Two plans were introduced in the S.C. House of Representatives yesterday. The Governor’s plan would add 10 cents to the existing…

12 Lawmakers to Watch

By CASSIE COPE ccope@thestate.com   The State Newspaper January 11, 2015 During the 2015 session that starts Tuesday, lawmakers will be driving issues ranging from finding money to pay for the state’s multibillion-dollar road-repair needs to legalizing medical marijuana. A look at some of the key lawmakers and the issues that each champions that will…

South Carolina 2015 Legislative Session: Looking Ahead

HOUSE In a little more than a month, Columbia will welcome back state Senators and Representatives to begin South Carolina’s 121st General Assembly. In order to “hit the ground running”, the House is meeting this week to get organized by electing officers, making committee assignments and changing the House rules. The House elected Representative Jay…