Electronic cigarettes cause damage and higher taxes on them make sense
Upton Sinclair once said, “It’s hard to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on not understanding it. I usually can’t read my Sun-Times every day without repeating these words, and recently it was in response to a letter to the editor of Rob Karr of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association.
Mr Karr suggested he was very concerned that tobacco users in our state will not be able to wean themselves off the product due to congressional action to impose higher taxes on e-cigarettes.
Karr seems to have completely missed the recent studies which destroy the myth that these products are useful in this regard and could simply be described as “differently dangerous” from traditional tobacco products. They are by no means “less harmful” as he states in his letter.
The irony is that the members of his association are the very sellers of these two dangerous products. If so, which they clearly are not because profits are at stake, they could literally do more to wean the public off tobacco use in one day – by refusing to sell the products – than the consumers. electronic cigarettes could never do that.
Don Anderson, Oak Park
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How to initiate criminal proceedings
From the Rittenhouse trial, we learn that reckless endangerment is the criminal offense of creating a substantial risk of injury or death to another person, whether intentionally or not. Endangerment is a crime when a lethal weapon is involved.
While Rittenhouse was acquitted of that charge at trial, the five gang members who shot in the streets of Austin last month have come out free even though one was killed.
The Cook County State Attorney’s Office said there was not enough evidence to support the felony charges for the Austin shooting.
Hopefully the state attorney’s office had someone following Rittenhouse’s trial to see how reckless endangerment is recognized and prosecuted, should gangs carry out another shootout.
William O’Neill, near West Side
Talking is cheap to help families
GOP Representative Jim Jordan recently wrote that the Republican Party is the “parents’ party”.
It is simply a more political stance on the part of the GOP; as the saying goes, “talking is cheap”.
Because when the time came to actually help parents and families, not a Republican voted for the expanded child tax credit, and no GOP member supported family and / or medical leave. paid by the federal government. As another saying goes, “actions speak louder than words”.
Republicans, by their actions, not their words, have once again shown us who they really are. Let us remember this when we vote.
Bob Chimis, Elmwood Park