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Ketchikan's tobacco tax

By Charlie Freeman


August 16, 2015
Sunday PM

It appears that the 'Glorious Guardians of Good' have managed to join with the 'Tax and Spend' members of the Borough Assembly to propose an unreasonable, and unjustifiable tax on not only smokes, but the means to get out! Please tell me what kind of logic is involved here? No one will argue that smoking is good for you (we called cigarettes coffin nails when I was a little kid). No one with the brain of a mole was deceived. The question is will taxation cause people to quit smoking? See, prison stops meth heads from smoking meth? Probably not the best analogy, but not far off.

The point of this rant is that taxation will not make you stop smoking, it simply, provides more money to the Borough, while appearing to actually do something.

Jesus, maybe I need to put up a 40 foot cross and nail myself to it.

Charlie Freeman
Ketchikan, Alaska


About: "life long Ketchikan resident, former mayor of same , 13 or more yr. council member, former borough assembly member, three yrs. planning and zoning, lots of years on the Four Dam Pool board , co- founder of SEAPA, 60 yrs. selling motors to boaters. I could go on but I'm borng myself."

Received August 15, 2015 - Published August 16, 2015


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