Vaping health concerns minor by comparison
An open letter to our Wyoming congressional representatives.
I’m concerned about the proposed vaping flavor ban. I enjoy vaping, and a big part of that is the wide variety of flavors. No decent human being wants children to vape, and the courts should come down hard on anyone selling these products to children. But it’s wrong to penalize the rest of us for the illegal actions of a few.
Regarding the deaths that have recently occurred, their number is very small, and reports show they likely involve adulterated products. It’s not right to use federal power to ban something that becomes harmful when it is misused. Almost anything can be made dangerous with enough stupidity.
Even when misused, the number of deaths is very small in comparison to other legal products that cause death. Peanuts, automobiles, dogs and alcohol (88,000 deaths per year) are all much more dangerous. Speaking of alcohol, according to the CDC teen alcohol use kills 4,700 people each year. Why aren’t you trying to ban flavored alcoholic beverages? Is it because teen alcohol deaths have been happening for so long that it’s not on anyone’s radar anymore? The tragic part is that alcohol doesn’t save lives, while vaping gets tens of thousands of people off of much more dangerous tobacco products. Banning almost all flavors will drive people back to real cigarettes, which according to the CDC kill about 68,000 times the number of people killed by vaping each year.
This ban will also put thousands of people out of work. It’s the small businesses that make most of their money on flavored e-juice. They can’t compete with big tobacco when it comes to unflavored e-cigs. These businesses will go under if a flavor ban is passed.
Republicans claim to be against federal overreach and for states rights, until something comes along that they find morally objectionable. Then they are as ready to regulate, ban and confiscate as any liberal. Please have the moral and intellectual integrity to allow individual states to address this issue.
WILLIAM WOODWARD III, Gillette
A poem for the Black 14
I am a poet living in Mesa, Arizona. I was born and raised in Wyoming and graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1971. I was at the University during the Black 14 incident. I also worked in the psychology department with Tony Gibson. I wrote this poem recently as a tribute to the Black 14.
Black 14 (I was There)
I was there on October 1969
When racism raised its ugly
Hand in Wyoming
It was not on a ranch
In a voting booth
On a construction sight
But on a football field
Where 14 men stood tall
In the eyes of justice
Where Wyoming education
Turned a blind eye
And could not see the future
History teaches us lessons
We forget with time
Colin Kaepernick knows that
Because his road was paved
With the shadows of the Black 14
On a cold day in Wyoming
Where football took a back seat
To civil rights
The ghost of Rosa Parks
A witness to the separation
Of the races
On a football field
Time would speak the truth
About who was right
And who was wrong
Today we acknowledge the Black 14
Today we salute the Black 14
For teaching a lesson in Civil Rights
That will be remembered
Throughout all time
VIRGIL CHABRE, Mesa, Ariz.
Still Obama’s fault?
I thought Trump was bringing back coal. Must still be Obama’s fault.
Desert Storm the original cause of 9/11
I become so, so weary with each proceeding anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist event as processed by whichever media. It still appears that all too few persons have learned anything from that tragic event, thanks to prejudice, the great divisor of men amongst mankind. Each and every human event conjures up an opportunity for learning, a spiritual trait.
I predicted the 9/11 event back in 1992 as retribution following the Desert Storm atrocity, as “a major event occurring in the U.S. killing a great many persons in their own country.” The U.N.’s position on Desert Storm, was to eradicate Kuwait of the Iraqi military. As Desert Storm began, the Iraqi military had virtually all left Kuwait and the Storm occurred nearly exclusively in Iraq, killing near to 250,000 Iraqi citizens in their own country. In our Casper Star-Tribune newspaper, 3 days following the headline, “Iraq takes over Kuwait,” came the headline, “ Iraq wants to negotiate.” However, truth has revealed the U.S. prefers to negotiate with the U.S. military, time and again.
Negotiations require the surrender of prejudice, which operates in the basis of ignorance and if you haven’t followed my discussion, your ignorance will keep you encaged in your own illusion, ego provided. If you are intelligent, you have realized that there were no terrorist attacks on U.S. interests whatsoever, before the Desert Storm atrocity, in our causal order universe. From pages 1991, 1992 and 2001 of 4,272 pages.
P.S. The 9/11 event was the expressed downing of idolatry in the U.S., spiritually stated, “Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods Before Me,” inclusive, period, no question mark but who knows?
DAVE FINK, Casper
The risk of nuclear storage is the cost
I’m interested in the current review — “Should Wyoming accept nuclear waste storage?” That was also proposed many years ago and I objected then.
Yes, it means a major injection of government money as the site is being prepared and as long as the federal government pays yearly maintenance costs. But this is my concern.
The federal government, whether it knows it or not, is already broke with major deficits projected well into the future. What would result if the federal government were to suddenly say, “We can no longer afford the maintenance costs — it is now Wyoming’s responsibility?”
Properly installed and secured, the safety risks are probably OK, but what will be the annual maintenance cost?
I’m old and no longer see the world through young eyes, no longer know the present details, but it’s something to think about.
ROBERT PETTIGREW, Casper
WILLIAM WOODWARD III, Gillette
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