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Other voices: We, the people, have a right to smoke

We, the People of the United States of America, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice and insure domestic tranquility, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity to ordain and establish this constitution for the United States of America. Signers of the Declaration of Independence by order of John Hancock along with 55 other signers United We Stand, John Hancock President Jan. 18, 1777. Let freedom ring.

The first Amendment of the United States Constitution states the following: “Congress shall make no law respecting and establishment of religion, or prohibiting the right the free exercise there of or abridging the right of freedom of speech or the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

This is what many anti-rights groups are violating.

I care about this county and for years I did not like what has been going on, especially infringing upon the right of cigarette smokers, marijuana smokers, etc. Thanks to the Nevada City Public Library, I know marijuana has been around since 3000 BC, smoking and tobacco was invented by the Indians 2000 years ago, Sir Walter Raleigh invented pipe tobacco in 1518, and an Egyptian invented the cigarette in 1832. I started smoking at age 15 and my late parents were cigarette smokers. My dad also smoked cigars and a pipe.

From the time I was born and clear up to now, both myself and my brother and sister inhaled cigarette, pipe, cigar, fireplace, incinerator, and barbecue smoke and we are still very much alive. My mother smoked three packs a day.

No one complained about smoking until the 1980s, but before the 1980s people respected people’s rights and accepted everyone for who and what they were.

Because of these anti-smoking groups, many tobacco farmers have been forced out of business and into the unemployment line and also poverty. But it doesn’t stop there; it also affects state and federal tax income revenue and social security income.

This means there’s no guaranteed income, no money going to unemployment, social security, federal and state tax revenues or workman’s compensation. Illegal aliens working dollar-a-day jobs over here in place of American workers have also contributed to state and federal deficits. Add to that when Reagan sent thousands and thousands of electronic and automobile and other jobs overseas, that has contributed to state and federal deficits. Affirmative action laws that discriminate against white males also contributed.

This is still America and people have the right to smoke and the right not to smoke, just like at dinner time you have the right not to drink wine or the right to drink wine with your dinner. It’s time we put tobacco farmers and pot farmers in full gear and put America back to work an restore freedom that has been lost in this country since the 1980s.

Paul Andrew Pease lives in Grass Valley.

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