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Trial balloon on `smokes’

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Are Utahns watching closely as Congress boosts the tax on cigarettes, a legal product, out of sight "to keep 'em out of the hands of kids"? Why worry that a bunch of anti-smoking zealots, in league with the liberal media, have bombarded us with "news" articles they designed to denigrate adult smokers and their suppliers for dealing with smokes? They may be leading youngsters to abuse them. We don't smoke, and only 25 percent of the U.S. population does, right? Cigarettes may be just a trial balloon. If that reason works on smokers, who's next? Whoa, Nellie.

What have we been hearing lately in that same liberal media about guns in the hands of kids? Every tragedy involving kids and guns is played up in that media by anti-gun zealots, at work with "news" handlers. Do you smell the coffee, now? But, we have a constitutional right to keep and bear arms, you say? That's right, brother, to keep and bear. Gun owners make up what percent of the U.S. population?We can sit back to watch the trial balloon; maybe it'll self-destruct. Or, we can shoot it down now. The proper caliber for shooting down such balloons is that of a ballpoint pen and/or a voting stylus.

Al Ricksecker

Monroe