SHEILA SIMMONS of Public Citizens for Children and Youth makes an interesting point in her letter on the soda tax - namely that "people in non-black, non-low-income communities in and around the city don't allow their youngsters to drink soda."

I don't think race or income level have anything to do with it. Good parenting has everything to do with it.

How many fingers can be pointed elsewhere when it's the parent giving the child money to purchase chips and soda? As a father, I'm certainly not going to rely on Pepsi, Coca-Cola, the government, or storeowners to teach my kids about proper nutrition, so why should Sheila?

Bryan Flannery

Chalfont