Letter to the Editor: Politicians must prioritize
Politicians must prioritize
I had a hardy chuckle when I read that our brave, fearless freeholders found the time to proudly pass a no smoking ban for county parks.
With all the economic problems we face, standing at the edge of the fiscal abyss, our brave freeholders found time to face this monumental problem.
This brave forceful action brought to mind of one of the greatest failures of the 535 elected congressmen and senators of the federal government – the Agent Orange saga. Right kiddies – what’s that?
Agent Orange is a defoliant. Knowingly used by our government in Vietnam to strip the jungle of all it’s growth so as to allow our infantry better visibility.
Our government and Diamond Shamrock, the manufacturer, knew it was a carcinogen yet it knowingly sprayed 13 million gallons on the heads of millions of young G.I.s over a 10 year period.
The best comment I recall is about some Air Force general speaking to a group of young doctors at Duke University in which he said this about Agent Orange.
"It was just a coincidence that millions of young Americans born in the four corners of the U.S., should meet 8,000 miles away in the jungles of Vietnam and catch Agent Orange cancer."
You know kiddies, Uncle Sam still believes that until this day. So in any event, here I go again!
I will volunteer to carry the flag down Constitution Avenue before Congress that we spray all the tobacco fields in Tennessee, Kentucky and North Carolina with Agent Orange and ban all tobacco use in the United States.
I chuckle every time I think of the only embargoed foreign product in the U.S. is the Cuban cigar!
John F. Kennedy proudly signed the embargo as he enjoyed smoking a Cuban cigar in the Oval Office.
He always claimed a friend gave it to him.
Now I’m waiting for a 100 percent total ban on smoking in the casinos.
And I also believe that people in hell will eventually drink ice water!