Occasionally, an item of good news has nothing to do with government or politics. New figures from Beverage Digest show that per-person consumption of carbonated soft drinks fell last year to their lowest level in 28 years. Soda consumption overall has now decreased ten years in a row, indicating that more Americans understand that sugary soft drinks are bad for your health. Meanwhile, bottled water continues to grow in popularity. When politicians attempted to use governmental power to micro-manage our behavior – even the size of drinks New Yorkers can gulp with their fast food – it’s encouraging to see ordinary people making better decisions without massive new regulations. By 2017, consumption of bottled water in our country is expected to exceed the amount of soda we drink – showing that the public doesn’t need the heavy hand of government to move in the right direction.