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Come for the health, stay for the funding
A new cigarette tax and a warehouse tax on cigarettes! Keep smoking, folks; the DFL has a spending habit, and it needs a fix!
GARY FISCHBACH, St. Paul
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Two months ago, I had to quit smoking when I had surgery on my foot. It’s something I’d been wanting to do for years, but I’d always found excuses not to quit. Before I quit, I only smoked a few cigarettes a day, mostly in my car or when out with friends. I knew that every cigarette I smoked does damage, even if it was a couple a day, or a pack. I don’t want my family to have to take care of me in the future when I’m hit with an illness that I could have prevented today. It would be my own fault, and I can’t imagine putting my family through that because I was too stupid to quit. The new cigarette tax is even more reason for me not to smoke anymore — I can’t afford it. I quit for my family but will stay quit because of the price. I hope many more Minnesotans join me.
JENNIE ROBLES, New Hope
Calls for accountability — just not in America
The June 30 Star Tribune quoted Iveta Cherneva, a Bulgarian protester and author, as saying in regard to the various world protests: “We are fighting for different reasons, but we all want our governments to finally work for us.” Our House of Representatives cannot pass a vital agriculture bill; although the Senate passes a well-thought out, comprehensive immigration bill, the House snubs it; neither chamber has the guts to address student loan interest rates, keeping millions of students and their parents on edge; the list could go on.
Unlike in other countries, there are no revolutions here. Unlike those in other countries, apparently we do not expect our government to finally work for us.
ROGER O. MATTSON, Bloomington
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