- New custody law for equal time for dads begins today; some question law's relevance (8/28/16)5
- Marble Hill fires entire sewer department (8/23/16)5
- Ex-Southeast student gets probation for placing homemade sex video on porn site without woman's knowledge (8/24/16)13
- Bootheel lawmaker seeks probe into crop damage by illegal herbicide spraying (8/24/16)1
- Local private school dreams bigger, plans for new building at Sprigg and Lexington (8/22/16)
- Newsmakers 2016: Jason Bandermann (8/15/16)
- 'Santa' suspect Moffat sentenced to 12 years for sexual abuse of girl (8/23/16)2
- Schnucks bans solicitors, including organizations like Salvation Army (8/24/16)38
- Jackson girl stays planted on the farm (8/28/16)2
- Court ruling, state suggest businesses may apply use, sales tax to deliveries (8/24/16)2
Whittling away rights
I would like to respond to all of the nanny-state people who want to ban smoking in Cape Girardeau. I'm a smoker, but I don't smoke in restaurants out of respect to others -- even if smoking is allowed. What I'm getting at is the loss of freedom these individuals are proposing that we as Americans should give up to further their vision of what they think America should look like. No thanks!
If tobacco is so bad, then ban it like marijuana, and watch the thieving politicians scream bloody murder from the drop in tax revenue like they are in liberally run states that have raised taxes so much that people are quitting or are buying the product on the black market. Remember prohibition?
Big government lackeys always try to sell the loss of freedom to the fact that it is for the common good. Sounds to me like Marxism, controlling the population. Just listen to some Democrats in Congress in their own words. Look it up for yourself. With the new media they can't hide what they think and say anymore. You people who want more regulation are whittling away at our Constitutional rights. Enough already. Leave me alone and impose your wanted regulations on yourself.
TODD BEUSSINK, Jackson