If it's "law" -
just deal with it?
By Kate Smith
July 13, 2007
This letter is in response to Joey Tillson's letter, "To
smoke or not?"
He states, "Based on my observations, there are more people
offended by second-hand smoke in other places than there are
Beings that this is his observation, I can't help but wonder
if he has given thought to why this may be?
Whether he is right or wrong in his observations, it should cause
one to pause to think just about this.
Reflecting back in our lives, how often can it be said that our
"discomforts" were increased when we spent too much
time dwelling upon it? Think about that child who, after receiving
an abrasion on his knee, picked himself right back up, dusted
himself off and merrily continued on in play versus the boy who
could not take his focus of his slightly banged up knee. Can
anyone relate to this?
Now, neither boys would die
from their superficial abrasion but the one focused on his "injury"
certainly is responding as if he will.
Perhaps Ketchikan'ites (and other Alaskan's, in general) are
less prone to an obsessive compulsive disorder? haha Maybe just
as long as we are not continually inundated with constant messages
of fear or refuse to fall into living such fearful lives...we
will live happier lives and being as such, live longer ones?
As a disclaimer, no...I don't think living recklessly is a good
To this, I have to wonder and will ask: how many people truly
think that their health is truly compromised in having been exposed
to cigarette smoke outside their home e.g. restaurants, bars
Is it that you are truly worried for your health or could it
be, that within that heart of yours...you truly are a bigot?
In our "enlightened"
times, bigotry is frowned upon and rightly so. What a revelation
it would be, to look into ourselves and find that we suffer such
a spiteful spirit. A donkey in a dinner suit is...still a donkey.
A tough pill to swallow and no doubt, many would not be willing
to confront that and in this supposed "enlightened"
age. Especially if they consider themselves to be amongst the
As to odor, that can be discussed. Yet, to that, I can only say
that we get over it, somehow, no matter how discomforting. Need
we incorporate laws banning perfume, body odor, restaurant's
air thickened with grease etc.?
If such odor clings to us,
that we find intolerable, we venture off to the shower and throw
our clothing in the washer. End of story.
As to the title of this letter. Much to my chagrin, I find a
person who states that it's law, just deal with it. As if, law
is such a minor thing. Is it that because it's law, it must be
If it isn't, oh well...just
throw up your arms and submit to tyranny? The "just deal
with it" syndrome? No, we are to first work on preventing
If we can not prevent it, we
must deal with it but surely not through complacency. That is
unfitting for thinking human beings.
Having just past America's day of Independence, might I ask you
to revisit why this holiday came to being. Why it mattered (and
still does: spirit and strength in face of opposition and ultimately,
prosperity) what it required and ultimately question, was it
best for her people?
We could have submitted to
the King of England, allowed him to create our laws and with
that, thus accepted his laws for us.
I ask you, would that have
been for the good of our people? Or any people!?
Laws may not be just and certainly, we should not carry on a
complacent attitude towards them i.e. "just deal with it."
What would you think, Joey,
to hear that there are those who are enforcers of law, who do
not agree with all laws?
Laws: simply being enacted, does not make them inherently right.
It is our responsibility to
see to it that they (unjust laws) do not become law, for good
reason. When is it a good time to stand up for liberty? When
only your interests/beliefs are at stake?
If so, fancy to have smokers
on your side, or any person you were bigoted towards, that you
didn't mind seeing "their" freedoms wash away?
Yes, those willing to carry
that burden, that now matters to you? Careful.
Received July 12, 2007 - Published July 13, 2007
smoke or not? By Joey Tillson - Ketchikan, AK
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