- Man shot by police ID'd; witness shares his side of story (2/17/17)31
- Settlement reached in accidental shooting case at Kelly High (2/15/17)10
- MSHP: McLendon shot in side; autopsy refutes witness account (2/19/17)23
- Jackson board votes to demolish high school building if bond issue passes (2/15/17)24
- Cape officer shoots man inside a home (2/16/17)7
- Business notebook: Owners ready to roll out the Barrel 131 (2/20/17)3
- Apparent punch at girls basketball game propels lawmaker into action (2/21/17)4
- Former Cape cop indicted on possessing child porn (2/17/17)
- Man dies after being shot by officer; said to have come at cop with knife (2/16/17)29
- Ray's of Kelso to close, then reopen under new ownership (2/16/17)6
Proposition A would create more government
To the editor:
Do you feel undertaxed? You can remedy that situation by voting yes on Proposition A next Tuesday.
As a non-smoker, it is tempting to vote an additional tax on a product I do not use and dislike. But before you vote yes, consider the additional bureaucracy that would inevitably be created. We would have an emergency preparedness resource account, a health-care treatment and access account, a life-services research account, and early-care and education account and a tobacco and addition-prevention program account. Each would require a director, assistant director, secretaries and support staff.
This tax is predicted to bring in $343 million a year. If, as expected, the increased cost of smoking became prohibitive for our youths and if other smokers quit smoking, revenue would drop. The bureaucracy would already be in place, however, and the legislature would be pressured to fund these additional levels of service.
You will remember the lawsuit against the tobacco companies. The money was supposed to treat smoking-related illnesses. In most cases, that has not happened.
Is there anyone in this country over the age of 6 who does not know tobacco is harmful to your health?