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What we need is more laws


I recently read a tear jerking, compassionate article in the Sun Advocate indicating we should ban smoking and smokers from baseball stadiums and parks, in fact, all public areas! I personally feel this is not enough and I am confident Price Councilwoman Smith would agree that we should make it a felony if caught with paraphernalia such as ash trays or, God forbid, a cigarette lighter. While we're at it, I think we need to act on the disgusting habit of "gum chewing". Let's be honest, what is more disgusting than an attractive woman chewing and popping gum; chomping and spraying saliva over all things in her path? I am sure chewing gum causes a horrendous number of cavities, indigestion, and while I can't prove it, there is a considerable cost to clean chewed gum from underneath table tops, city sidewalks and the bottom of shoes.

Unfortunately, some people reading this will agree with me. I smoked for 40 years but I have been a non-smoker for a number of years. Yet, I am so tired of the untruths and half-truths relative to second hand smoke. First, all smoke has toxins in it, not only tobacco but camp fires, auto exhaust, candles burning on dining room tables and even your child's birthday cake candles. In a closed environment , such as a bar, second hand smoke over time is not healthy. However, in the open air outdoors the dilution ratio for cigarette smoke is a million to one. The average person inhales more toxins and carcinogens in one breath while driving on a freeway on the Wasatch Front than you would receive by being in an outdoor setting with a hundred smokers for a month. The chances of contracting a lung disease is about as great as catching pneumonia because you have holes in your underwear!

I wonder how many smokers Ms. Basinger asked when she passed around her petition?

If you are going to go after a group to persecute, make sure they are in the minority. I understand less than 18 percent of Utahans smoke. That group really can't fight back. So let's go get them. A lot of people think they are degenerate sinners anyway. Why don't we totally ostracize them except of course when you need money to sponsor a little league baseball team or to fix up an old ball park!

I thought this country believed in individual rights? I thought Utah believed in less laws and less government was better? Aren't we currently fighting a war because one group is trying to impose their beliefs and rules on everyone? Haven't our patriots for 200 years been fighting wars to prevent oppression and not for the majority but in many cases, to defend the minority.

Let's try some civil dialogue. The smokers I know go out of their way to not offend or be rude to non-smokers. The exception is when an over bearing, self-righteous, pious individual gets in their face, and then the impulse is to blow smoke in theirs.

I am pleading to my fellow citizens to not act like the Utah version of the Taliban. We currently have far too may laws that take our rights away. We do not need a new ordinance.

> Mel Coonrod Helper



Talk about heartbreaking, The opinions published last week concerning the 2011 Helper Arts Festival. Came ultimately as a shock to me. From my vantage point I saw nothing but absolute inspiration and encouragement from all I interacted with.

If you had money in your pocket to do so. The Rio Theater presented an awesome stage play. Alfred Hitchcocks "The 39 Steps" was a stellar performance and the talk of a lot of people including myself.

I found myself talking aloud to those I was with while browsing the open galleries . As a writer, when I find myself inspired, my words flow freely and collectively without restraints of self conscious reasoning.

A few of the artists overheard these ramblings, I passed out some business cards and may have some content writeup work down the road.

I engorged myself with every aspect of the provided entertainment, wares and personalities involved. The level of comradeship present among the artists and community. Made it an absolute success. With music in the park and the music downtown. There was defiantly something for everyone entertainment wise. When I didn't like one place I checked out the other. and was entertained once again. And because of the level of constant entertainment , I became a fixture of the Helper community the whole weekend However. I will add a very personal opinion in that Saturday night was the highlight for great entertainment.

The park was packed for the last performance. Saturday night.. And boy they had people dancing. I found myself sitting in-front of the stage on the grass dead center enjoying a mix of old time rock and roll mixed with a little country and a little jazzy blues.. All the while my Carbon County neighbors danced with their ladies behind me.

I Would encourage anyone reading this to see the forest through the tress as I did. The events where a success.. There was "Goodness and Light". I felt it. I met old friends, new friends and possible friends once I meet them down the road again by attending next year.

On that note... I will see you there!

Sean R Bailey Price

Lies, lies


Jerry Stotler's read on Aug 17, (Letters to the Editor, Sun Advocate) Lies, lies, and more lies, is stated with very little understanding of current affairs.

First, Mr Stotler does not understand the definition of deficit (insufficient funds).

Second, he credits the Republicans for wanting to make cuts and the democrats not going far enough. He must have missed the part where the Republicans were totally unwilling to generate any revenue what so ever. The Republicans in this diatribe were never honest with the people. They totally represent the few at the top. Anything that came close to fairly taxing the extreme wealthy was off limits to these guys.

They are more concerned about re-election than saving our country or Government. (They have the largest most critical lie of all). Mr Stotler also does not understand that total cuts in Government programs, 'to include all those

Government employees to be layed off at a time with standing high un-employment and even more shortfalls of generated revenue' would result with no capability to run any type of budget. His understanding of urgency and result leave much to be desired.

His opinion of leaning to one party to be more of a liar is mendacious at best.

Steven Carter Mesquite, Nev.

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