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State being too restrictive

October 2, 2012
The Leader Herald

I read with interest an email I was sent the other day. It started out with "We The People" and proceeded to tell how the people of the United States have had enough and how they are going to take a stand against the government telling us how to live our lives.

What I want to know is when this might happen. New York is one of the worst states when it comes to telling people what they can or cannot do.

First, we have to wear helmets and buckle up our seatbelts. Now, they are attacking the smokers and even eaters.

Let's see, they raised the taxes on cigarettes to give people the incentive to quit and to stop kids from starting. Guess what? It's not working. Instead, the smokers are feeling like they are being forced into something they might not want to do and kids are still picking them up.

The best way to stop the kids from doing smoking is with education, not punishing the adult smokers with higher taxes. Why not tax the booze, too, to give the drinkers an incentive to quit - or, should I say, feel like they are forced into quitting? That's not good for you either.

Now some politicians even want to tell people what size soft drink they can have.

My point: If we keep letting them get away with putting the iron fist down, what will they think of next until all our rights are gone?

We the people need to start standing up and let them stop getting away with it. The government needs to step out of our lives and let us live them as we see fit.





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