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The story on the new tobacco tax didn’t stress that it will create jobs and income (“Tobacco tax hike raises cash, concerns,” May 26). Unfortunately, Minnesota will see neither on its books. In my opinion, a new industry will spring up overnight in which you place your order and, once your supplier has enough business, he’ll travel to Missouri or North Dakota for his happy customers and make some big bucks himself. If he gets caught, he’ll get a slap on the wrist, a small fine and probation. It will be interesting to see what impact this will have on the millions of dollars a year the governor estimates this new tax will generate for the Vikings stadium.
TOM CARLSON, New Brighton
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Advice for the three-pack-a-week cigarette smoking Packer fan not happy about having to contribute $19.20 a month toward the new Vikings stadium because of the increase in tobacco tax: Quit smoking, move to Wisconsin or, if you choose, do neither. As a Viking fan, I thank you for your generous contribution.
KAREN HERMAN, Plymouth
Fatigue compromises everyone’s safety
Thank you for the front-page article about the impact of sleep deprivation and fatigue on flight attendants (“Many flight attendants dangerously exhausted,” May 26). I was a flight attendant for more than 22 years when I decided to retire early and take a buyout for many reasons, one of them being fatigue and my dependence on the sleep medication Ambien on layovers. I was exhausted from long days of work and anxious about being away from home and staying in dirty hotel rooms. Sadly, flight attendants aren’t recognized as safety professionals, even though they are the first line of defense in an in-flight emergency. Mandates are needed to protect them from making mistakes that could put passengers and themselves in harm’s way. I loved being a flight attendant, but being in control of how much sleep I receive has made me a happier and healthier person.
TERRI HERBST, Eden Prairie
Assessing her legacy in the U.S. Congress
Michele Bachmann has defended the unborn and the institution of marriage. She has fought for all taxpayers by fighting against bailouts of institutions that failed largely due to government intervention in the marketplace. She fought against trillion-dollar deficit spending that will confiscate the earnings of wage earners for many years to come. She’s fought against ever expanding government programs that, under the guise of “helping” people, create an enervating and enslaving dependency on government.
To the enlightened left, who see ever-lowering moral standards and ever-increasing dependency on government as an increase in freedom, these actions make her a failure. But to us unenlightened rubes who think that there actually is a connection between truth and freedom, and a role for following the rule of law as established by our Constitution, she is a heroine. Thank you, Michele! Carry on!
Michael Bird, St. Anthony
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This one statement from New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow sums up what we need to know about Michele Bachmann: “According to PolitiFact, of the 59 statements by Bachmann that the site has checked since 2009, 44 (a whopping 75 percent) were mostly false or worse.”
JIM BARTOS, Brooklyn Park
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