I have some concerns about the new 75-cent tobacco tax. I think a lot of smokers are low-income people and there might be ramifications. I think there will be more robberies, store break-ins and illegal cigarette trafficking. And those that pay the higher prices will cut down on other expenses which may take away money from child care. And if it looks like a tax and sounds like a tax, it's a tax. The definition of "fee" is payment made for services rendered. I don't think the government wants everyone to quit smoking. It's too big a source of tax revenue. If they were so concerned about our health, why don't they crack down on the big businesses who spew pollution into our air and water?
Smoking ban is a great idea
I just wanted to give my two cents on the smoking ban debate. I find it sort of funny to see people fighting for something that will eventually lead to their demise. This is exactly what the tobacco companies want people to do, and its working to their advantage while they sit and let their customers do the fighting for them. I just can't see the reasons why someone would want to smell like an ashtray, have discolored teeth, waste income, risk the chance for disease, risk their children's health, and so on. It's just plain dumb. But I'm sure seeing your children and grandchildren grow old and have families isn't that important anyways. I think a smoking ban is a wonderful idea, and I think my Aunt Patty would have thought the same, but she died of cancer. So think of your family, think of your friends, and think of your life the next time you light up, cause that one smoke just may be the finger that pulls the trigger.
Story, photos were delightful
Kudos to the Dispatch, reporter Jennifer Stockinger and photographer Steve Kohls for story selection, story written and the photos taken concerning Emily Rudningen and her beautiful horse Daningo. What a delightful treat to read about a dedicated young lady and the horse her dedication has profited! The front page picture, alone, was worth more than the price of the paper. It just spoke to a lovely summer day and how Ms. Rudningen and Daningo were enjoying it.
Chuck and Barbara Watson
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