Letters to the editor, July 1
June 29, 2012 3:56PM
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Updated: August 2, 2012 6:20AM
No-smoking law is poorly written, needs some review
Reading Steve Gorches’ article on the problems being created by the no-smoking law, he zeroed in on the biggest problem: exempt and nonexempt businesses under one roof.
After batting the no-smoking bill back and forth for several years, the Legislature passed a very ambiguous bill, seemingly almost designed to put some businesses out of business.
Along with the bowling lanes-bar problem, what about the huge catering centers conducting banquets, etc., with mixed crowds of adults and minors, and even church functions of bingos and wedding receptions? As a bowling, nonsmoking senior citizen, I applaud the new law, but not in its current format.
Are the surrounding states’ laws written differently enough to allow compromises? State governments, following federal leads, keep shrinking down what we may or may not do.
The 18th and 21st Amendments to the Constitution reflect the old adage suggesting you cannot legislate morality.
This law needs an immediate review, including verbiage allowing some leeway in the “businesses under one roof” concept.
James A. McClellan
Government handouts make people less responsible
Jill McNamara, I want to thank you for your wonderful letter. I could not have done nearly as well.
You are so right; 40, 50 and 60 years ago, we raised our children the way we were raised, to be responsible for our families, medical care, food, clothes and a roof over our heads, without expecting a handout from the government, churches or friends.
However, regardless of how well you try to raise your children, the government has made it so easy to show some that you need not be responsible, because the government will help you.
With that said, some will play the part of having a mental or medical disability. Then, they’ll tell their fiends just how it is done and, whammo, they milk the system.
I would not write this if it were not true.
As for unemployment benefits, I’m sure some people really need them, but I know others who have said, “Why should I look for a job when I’m making as much, or more, by staying home?”
Americans don’t want
jobs ‘illegals’ are taking
The “illegals are taking our jobs” song has a great sound to it.
You might even think it is true, but every study over the past 10 years refutes this claim. No American wants to pick fruit for $4 an hour or shovel sand for $5 an hour.
Just ask them.
The illegals do the work that no one else will do, even if you throw in free water.