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Should junk food be taxed?


Increasingly vocal calls for taxes on sugary drinks and junk food are fueling a behind- the-scenes battle that public health officials say is reminiscent of America’s war on cigarettes.

Fueling the debate are revenue-hungry federal, state and local governments officials who are eying a potential $50 billion windfall from taxes on over 10 years.

Take a look at the New York City Department of Health’s ad discouraging people from drinking sugary sodas, and let us know whether you think a junk food tax would be good public policy, or an intrusive step too far by the nanny state.

Would you take brain-enhancing drugs?


People are increasingly turning to brain-enhancing drugs like Ritalin to boost their performance in school or at work, researchers said. And while some expressed alarm over the trend, others embraced the idea, provided the drugs are proven safe.

What do you think? Athletes have been vilified for using performance-enhancing drugs. Is there a difference, or should it be seen as the same thing? Have you taken the drugs, and what would you do if you found your children were taking them at university?