Don't Tax Tobacco Smokers, Tax Everyone, Especially Parents

RECEIVED Wed., April 28, 2004

Dear Editor,
   Tobacco and Public Education: I am against it for two reasons. First because it is taking advantage of people with addictions. Similar to kicking a dead horse. Secondly because to tax is to destroy, ergo, after a while there will not be any smokers and the public education fund goes belly up.
   It seems fairer to have a general tax like raising sales tax a small percentage. Also nice for single people because then actual parents are paying for education in the form of buying diapers, toys, and clothing for their children.
   Possibly taxing several different areas would work. I don't know though. It was awhile back, but I thought using student absences as a way of identifying children with problems would work better. Not everything is the teacher's fault, although that is what popular opinion is. Lots of things happen outside of school that affect student performance.
   They are sending out a survey so people can decide how to make up for the deficit capping property taxes will create. If sales tax is not there, I will check other.
   It is more than obvious, tobacco and public education do not go together.
Naomie Christensen
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