Will tax on smokers hurt kids?

Taxes on tobacco products just skyrocketed April 1. The money is going to be used to buy health insurance for the State Children?s Health Insurance Program.

Somehow, it seems outlandish to fund health insurance in this way. Wouldn?t it then be good if more people smoked so more money could be raised to pay for health insurance?

But if someone quits smoking, does it mean that person doesn?t like children, or would it be because the tax is too high?

I think you get my drift.


It might be a move to put the tobacco industry out of business. Never in history has there been such a large tax increase on any one industry. Increases in taxes are from 150 to 6,000 percent, depending on the category.

As one who used to smoke when a pack was 30 cents, I can tell you it is going to be hard for anyone to give it up, but maybe this is the motivation to go cold turkey.


Here is a Web site that was sent to me that could come in really handy when you need to find anything on the Internet: www.allmyfaves.com/


The Marion County population has been holding steady lately. We just updated our lists for mailing the Free Press and the number of deliverable addresses dropped by only two since our last update 90 days ago.

I find that to be encouraging.


Census time is nearing and I was shown a U.S. government questionnaire that is being mailed randomly to some people. It seems to be asking way more questions than are necessary.

For example, one question asks what time you leave for work each morning and how you get there.

The questionnaire supposedly takes 38 minutes to fill out.


I?ve always heard the changes in the seasons make us all healthier. If that?s true, we should be among the country?s most illness-free citizens after the past few weeks.

I thought our barbecue grill was going to set sail when the wind got under the grill cover Sunday afternoon.


I think I?ve done my job when I get e-mails from people who say they thought of me when they read something about saving the businesses in our towns, upon which our nation was built.

Here?s what I am talking about. It?s a new program called the 350 project:

3: Think about which three independently owned businesses you?d miss most if they were gone. Stop in and say hello. Pick up a little something that will make someone smile. Your contribution is what keeps those businesses around.

50: If just half the employed U.S. population spent $50 each month in independently owned businesses, their purchases would generate more than $42.6 billion in revenue. Imagine the positive impact if three-fourths of the employed population did that.

68: For every $100 spent in independently owned stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures. If you spend $100 at a national chain, only $43 stays here. Spend it online and nothing comes home.

1: The number of people it takes to start the trend?you.

Check it out at www.the350

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