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Letters to the Editor

December 30, 2012

Letters to the Editor 12/30/12



Dennis Blakely, captain

Owens VFD

Rights taken away?

Dear Editor:

I’m writing about all the hospitals, businesses and public places banning smoking. First of all this is taking our rights away. And second if you are going to ban smoking, then ban all the people from wearing perfume and cologne, using air fresheners, bleach, cleaning liquid with smells, anything that has a smell like perfume. Because this is what swells my airway closed, not the smoke.

No, smoking is not good for you but it’s not the cause of lung problems. No, I’m not a doctor but I had lung problems all my life and I have not smoked all my life. But I have been around chemicals they use on cotton and farm equipment all my life. You know we never heard anyone complain about smoking until now. Now every time you turn on the TV it’s either smoking or something you eat that’s causing cancer.

I’m here to tell you I’ve beat breast cancer  and smoking didn’t cause that. Everyone carries cancer cells. It’s not caused by anything you eat, drink or do. These things don’t help. But they don’t cause it.

You see I have a lot of health problems and am allergic to a lot of things, but smoke is not one of them. I was sitting in an X-ray department this week and a couple came in with perfume or cologne on. It swelled my throat shut. I had to get up and go outside. So if you want to ban something, ban things that really cause breathing problems.

You know everyone has habits someone else don’t like, but the smokers don’t go around trying to tell everyone when and where they can do their habits. As long as they are not driving or stealing, who are we to tell them what to do with their money?

The most of us have worked or still work paying our insurance, taxes on habits, so until you all pay for my habits and taxes you should not have the right to tell me when or where I can smoke. I pay taxes that go to the hospital.  I worked and paid my Medicare in just like the rest of you.

If we are not allowed to smoke at these places then we shouldn’t pay taxes for these places.

This is my opinion.

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