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From the Midway: Time to 'butt' out

Thursday, October 9, 2008

As most of you know, Iowa passed a no smoking law that took effect on July 1. There are reports of some problems with this law coming to fruition.

The first issue is that cigarette butts are littering sidewalks and streets all over the state. My thought on this, is… well, duh.

You have a lot of upset smokers out there. They don't really care about a community that has been treating them like second-class citizens for years now. What gets me is... that all the saints that were for the smoking law could not seen this problem coming. That's the thing with "I'm doing this for your own good" types of laws.

They never see beyond their holier-than-thou attitude. There are always unintended consequences. When the price of a pack of smokes went up with an extra $1 state tax, I started to make my own bones. At that time I was paying around $27 a carton. Instead of paying the new amount of $37 a carton and my money going to the great state of Iowa. I now make my own smokes for about $11 a carton. Thanks Governor Chet and the Liberals in the House. You actually saved me $16 bucks a carton.

My feeling is that if you made your bed, now sleep in it. Your laws are now on the books but that doesn't make you happy. Surprise, surprise, and chances are you're not going to be happy so why don't you just spark one up? Maybe that will release your anal tendencies

Now that I'm done with that little rant, I'm now going to address the smokers. Pick up your butts. Stop encouraging these wieners. Besides, it's littering. The next thing you know they'll be trying to pass an anti-cigarette butt law and have unnecessary fines of $500 a butt. Or something like that.

If there is not an ash try around, there are alternatives. I usually knock out my cherry and throw my butts in a dumpster. Or if I find myself in a situation were there is no garbage can, dumpster or ashtray, I knock out the cherry and put the butt back in to my pack and throw it away later.

I once conducted an experiment when I was in my early 20's. I placed a butt under a rock and waited to see how long it would take to dissolve. It took three summers before it was gone. Yes I have a lot of time on my hands.

As predicted, this law has hurt many bar and restaurant owners but our state government is not without compassion. Recently there has been talk about letting the bar owners have limited gambling in their establishments to help off set the financial loss that they had to endure due to the fact that people are not coming out to the bars as much any more.

What? I mean, What?

So let me get this straight. The state took away the right to smoke in a bar but now they want to give you the right to gamble. Nope, there's nothing wrong with taking away one vice and giving you a new one.

Have you ever noticed that once the big tobacco companies had their settlement with our government, that was the same time that the government started to raise prices on a pack of smokes? They can't go after the tobacco companies any more so they went after you and me. I'll bet dollars to doughnuts that if and when they let gambling be legal in bars that they sure get their cut.

It's really about the almighty buck and not about your health. No one really cares if you live or die, just as long as they get your money.

Mike Leckband
From the Midway