Good morning. Here’s a look at today’s opinion content:
• In an editorial, we cheer news that 16 major food companies have pledged to cut sodium levels in their products as a result of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s National Salt Reduction Initiative. We write:
“U.S. researchers found recently that cutting salt intake by nearly 10 percent could prevent hundreds of thousands of heart attacks and strokes over several decades and save the United States $32 billion in health-care costs. And, researchers say, most don’t notice a taste difference. With so much talk about the damage of high-salt diets, food manufacturers have figured out it’s better to cut the salt themselves than wait for mandates. Such industry self-regulation makes sense because it serves consumers; it also saves our health, considering the slow-moving regulatory process at the federal level. Acting locally, with industry cooperation, can help move us toward healthier options.”
• Chris Fraley of Rye writes a Community View today on New York’s and the federal government’s lag in commitment to equality for same-sex couples.