That doggie in the window
Join Date: Aug 2004
It's not an easy question for me, because I'm addicted to nicotine. I was born that way. Grew up in smoke-filled rooms. Smoke is second-nature to me. I was getting high on smoke, before I was trained to go potty or to be a meat-eater. I've given up meat, and smoking is next on my list, but it's not an easy issue.
As a smoker, I don't mind altering my lifestyle to show respect for those who don't want to breathe second-hand smoke. Limiting the places where one can smoke seems valid and fair. My objection is, the way the tax-laws are being brought into play by unscrupulous, overzealous officials and their supporters, in an attempt to financially and politically force their ideas on others. This seems an extraordinarily petty, dictatorial approach, to try to use taxation to bend others to their will. I have no respect for them and I pity them, for their lack of vision. If they cannot persuade others, through reason and good example, they have no business trying to force smokers into submission by taxation. It is socially retrograde and, in my view, far more harmful than the smoke.
"There is more wisdom in the song of a bird, than in the speech of a philosopher...." -Oahspe
"The thing is, you cannot judge a race. Any man who judges by the group is a pea-wit. You take men one at a time." -Buster Kilrain, The Killer Angels -Michael Shaara