Posts tagged ‘Nanny State’

October 26, 2015

Toilet Paper, Apples and Hot Dogs

by lewwaters

Hot Dog BrandsAbout all I can say is, hang on, here we go again. Another effort underway to create a frenzy over something people occasionally enjoy is out as we read eating a hot dog is equivalent to smoking cigarettes now.

Nobody with an ounce of brains will argue that cigarettes aren’t bad for a person, although second and third hand smoke is still debated. But the all American hot dog now too?

Actually, to make it even more cynical, bacon is listed right alongside of hot dogs now as WHO (World Health Organization) has jumped onboard with some group that back in 2011 erected a billboard saying “Hot Dogs As Bad as Cigarettes.”

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December 14, 2011

Will Possession, Sales or Use of Tobacco in Washington Become a Class C Felony?

by lewwaters

In a move sure to please city council critter Jeanne Harris, a group calling themselves ‘Tobacco-Free Washington’ has gotten approval for a new citizen’s initiative that would make the use of any tobacco product in Washington State a Class C felony!

Proposed by a Seattle based Dentist, Dr. Edward Dolan, a 1996 Western Washington University graduate, and director of the World Lung Association, in Medina, Wa., the measure is designed to “make the sale, manufacture, or possession of tobacco products a Class C felony and redefine tobacco products as including ‘any product containing tobacco or nicotine that is expected or intended for human consumption’.”

The initiative has received approval from the Secretary of State and assigned the number of “512.”

From page 3 of “Initiative 512”

NEW SECTION. Sec. 2. A new section is added to chapter 9.91 RCW to read as follows:

(1) It is unlawful to sell, manufacture, or possess any tobacco products including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, and smokeless tobacco.

(2) A person who:

(a) Sells or manufactures any tobacco product is guilty of a class B felony punishable according to chapter 9A.20 RCW; or

(b) Possesses any tobacco product is guilty of a class C felony punishable according to chapter 9A.20 RCW.

(3) For the purposes of this section, “tobacco product” includes any product containing tobacco or nicotine that is expected or intended for human consumption.

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July 12, 2011

And The Rockets’ Red Glare, The Bombs Bursting In Air

by lewwaters

Photo by Steve Shepard

With the Fourth of July celebration behind us, here comes the annual onslaught of those who persist in banning fireworks in our community. It never fails, before the celebration is even over, just barely begun, the Columbian’s Letter to the Editor fills up with those accusing people who enjoy setting off fireworks of illegal activities, exploding bombs, terrorizing neighborhoods, children, pets and anything else they can conjure up.

For the record, as a Vietnam Veteran who went through a sapper attack in An Khe where 17 helicopters were blown up one evening, one being less than half of a football field length away from me, who witnessed an ammunition bunker going up in flames and secondary explosions and underwent other sorts of mortar and rocket attacks on occasion, I don’t care much for fireworks. In fact, some of them really make my skin crawl.

Still, why should the community have to cater to my whims? I fully understand people enjoy the fireworks and most are responsible with them.

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June 9, 2011

Nanny-State Key Grab?

by lewwaters

Should the city have the keys to all business, apartments, and rental properties within a city? The Cedar Falls, Iowa city council thinks so.

This past May, council began holding hearings on passing an unfunded mandate on property owners requiring them have keys to their property in lock boxes to give emergency responders easier access to the property, in case of an emergency. The boxes will cost property owners between $250 to as high as $2,000 if passed.

WCF Courier

Nothing could possibly go wrong, could it?