An informed Rx on tobacco tax
“Is Prop. 56 the right way to make state healthier?” (Viewpoints, Oct. 11): As a medical student, I see firsthand the benefit of strong public health measures to prevent the rise of deadly and costly disease. Prop. 56, which will raise the tobacco tax, is one such measure.
Research from the surgeon general’s office has found that tobacco taxes are an effective tool to reduce smoking, with a 4 percent decrease for every 10 percent increase in the tobacco tax. With one of the lowest tobacco taxes in the country, California has yet to fully realize the public health benefits.
Umer Waris, Sacramento
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Vote ‘no’ on sneaky Prop. 65
Proposition 65 looks like it will help provide funds for the environment. In reality, it was sponsored by out-of-state plastic bag companies. If passed, courts could interpret it as preventing the state plastic bag ban from going into effect. Single-use plastic bags add to litter and hurt birds, sea life and waterways.
A “no” vote on Proposition 65 – and a “yes” vote on 67 – will protect California’s bag ban, and send a message to the plastic bag manufacturers that voters understand their sneaky tactics.
Joanne Smyth, Davis
McClintock and The Donald
I was led to believe that Rep. Tom McClintock’s principles “trumped” his politics. But anyone with the brain of a flea must admit that Donald Trump, waking up at 3 a.m., is a complete – you name it – emotionally disturbed person, man who thinks he knows more than 97 percent of climate scientists, you’ve heard the litany.
I wasn’t surprised to learn that Trump’s mentor was Joe McCarthy’s lawyer: “Never admit anything, attack back way harder, if you repeat something enough, people will believe it.”
This is your man, Rep. McClintock? C’mon, man.
James McKenna, Placerville
Powerful but not responsible
Re “Trump rigged the outcome himself” (Letters, Oct. 20): Bob from Roseville has it exactly right. If Trump weren’t so outrageous he never would have gotten the exposure he did from the media.
Instead of serving the public by giving more coverage in the primary to candidates like John Kasich (boring, but so important for policies regarding America’s future), the media went for the money, resulting in a large audience thinking that Trump is the “leader” this country needs.
Lester Bennett, Orangevale
Say ‘no’ to sales tax bump
Don’t be fooled into voting for Measure B, the sales tax increase. All of the governments and the transportation organizations that want the money will waste it on overinflated salaries for wasteful spending on projects. We’re still waiting for the promised expansion of light rail down the Interstate 80 corridor.
Also, we were promised that the current sales tax would be used to expand light rail to the airport. Now they want more.
Cliff Vose, Antelope
Prop. 63 politically expedient
Re “Gun control initiative Prop. 63 would toughen already-strict laws” (Insight, Oct. 20): Does Gavin Newsom really believe more laws against the law-abiding is the way to reduce gun violence? Seriously?
Background checks to purchase ammunition? A requirement that convicted felons are made responsible to relinquish their illegally held weapons? A fine for crime victims not reporting a gun theft within five days? A requirement that Californians with “high capacity” magazines sell them to a dealer by July 2017?
This is “feel good” gun control, based on political expediency not common sense. If California really wants effective gun control, add a mandatory 15 years without parole to any conviction involving a gun.
Kirby Vickery, Mather
Legal weed will devalue homes
Proposition 64 will allow homeowners to grow up to six marijuana plants. One plant would cover the owner’s personal use.
If this passes, drugged drivers will be cruising the streets at all hours seeking low-priced pot to purchase or steal. Just a few houses converted to pot plantations would make an entire neighborhood unsafe.
While this might not occur in every neighborhood, there will be many more drugged drivers to endanger us all. Vote “no” on Prop. 64 in November.
William A. Lowe, Carmichael
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