It is ridiculous that Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and other politicians are using the health of residents as an excuse to impose a penny per ounce tax on sugary drinks. It’s the money they’re looking for.

If Preckwinkle is so concerned about our health, why not ban sugary drinks completely? It’s all garbage anyway. If she is so concerned about taking in more revenue, here’s an idea: Tell the beverage companies they will have to pay a $20 million annual license fee for the privilege of selling their products in Cook County. Many of them are multi-billion-dollar companies. This fee would be pocket change.

People are going to drink this stuff regardless of the price. When people realize how much more money they will be dishing out, they will head to the collar counties, just like when former County Board President Todd Stroger increased the sales tax. The county will end up losing revenue, as it did when the cigarette tax was increased. That doesn’t seem to solve the problem. To use our health as an excuse to ram another tax down our throat is, at best, disingenuous. It’s just another money grab.

Mike Kasper, Bartlett

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Trump has declared that the “shackles are off,” which only means more nasty attacks on Bill and Hillary Clinton and “disloyal” Republicans. And now the Democrats hit back with tapes of Trump’s scuzzy language and misogyny. Surrogates and candidates are asked specific questions about all this, which they dodge so they can “pivot” to attack their opponent. It’s getting tiresome.

The scandal wars should be put aside in these last three weeks before the election and policy should be discussed in depth. Does Trump have a coherent foreign policy? How does he square huge tax cuts with paying the country’s bills and reducing the deficit? How will he replace the Affordable Care Act, which he wants to scrap Exactly how will he create all those high-paying jobs he has promised? Hillary has specific plans for all of the above and clearly articulates how she will pay for them.

It is time to consider exactly how each candidate will govern rather than focus on scandals and slogans.

Carol Kraines, Deerfield