From the Hill
Sometimes I get on a rant. I think we all need to let go of our stress, and freedom of speech is one way to do that.
So, we have a huge tax on cigarettes? To make people stop smoking, because it is such a bad health problem. And they say, to give the children without health insurance coverage. OK. That sounds good, doesn’t it?
I have had friends die from cancer, of the lungs, and know first hand what a terrible death it is. But they did not smoke. And two sister-in-laws die from cancer of the liver, one not a smoker.
But, we have had a lot of friends in our lives die from many other things that need attention, also.
A niece, 55, died from obesity. A mother-in-law and niece died from a car wreck, killed by a drunken driver. My uncle, a nephew, and friend, died in car accidents, from drinking. My point?
What I am about to propose makes sense to me.
If Big Brother wants us to all live to ripe old ages, then they need to address the problem of fast food that is making everyone obese, and alcohol that is the big killer of young people. How? Slap a huge tax on them so that people will have to quit using the products.
How about a hamburger getting a $4 tax thrown on every one you buy? Or French fries costing a $3 tax, or a bottle of beer being taxed for $5 a bottle? And hard liquor having a tax of say, $20 a bottle, because it gets people drunk faster??
It only seems fair to me. And banning smoking in public places because it is bothersome to those that do not smoke is fine, because most smokers do not smoke around non-smokers anyway.
But there is no way to stay away from a drunken driver, or someone gorging themselves with a Big Mac half pounder, French fries, apple pie, and usually, a diet coke, is there? But they are allowed to do it, without punishment. Or thoughts of what they are doing to themselves.
And the news is, our people are fatter then they have been since records were kept, and they keep getting fatter, younger.
So, I think my answer is a good reason to tax everything that will hurt us, highly, as to keep us from doing anything stupid. After all, it is not our life we are living, is it?
I am not for smoking, knowing it is not good for the body, and smells terrible. But alcohol smells too. And especially on someone who has been drinking. And it sure is not good for the body, either.
My one concession I will give is, people who have just eaten a Big Mac and French fries does smell good. It makes me hungry.
Anyway, it just makes sense to me. What’s fair is fair!
I hope Big Brother is listening to how he can get his hands on more of our hard earned money. We might live longer, but be a whole lot poorer.
Every movie star smoked in every movie?
Obesity was unusual?
We didn’t think drinking was the only fun we could have as a teenager?
There were no fast food places? We ate at home what Mom had cooked?
Times have changed, yes, but not really for the best.
Carole Diehl is the president of the Strawberry Hill Neighborhood Association.