The short of it on the snuff tentis that people are holier than thou |

The short of it on the snuff tentis that people are holier than thou

The article “Snuff tent upsets tobacco foes” in your March 16 edition seems to show a major chink in the armor of the knee-jerk liberalism inherent in our society today.

According to your paper, the Summit Prevention Alliance’s Laurie Blackwell, states that a tent advertising, and giving away free samples, of smokeless tobacco “… flies in the face of what we as a community have been trying to do.”

What? If this is what Summit County and Breckenridge have come to, I am eternally thankful I left when I did. I moved to Breck in 1985 and spent 10 good years there, and one thing that was certain about the people that called the place home was that they never questioned what their neighbors were doing.

You lived your life the way you wanted and others let you be. How depressing to find that one must now live their life according to the plans of others.

As an ex-smoker, I can now smell what others did for so many years. It stinks. But I don’t shy away from those who smoke. I don’t dislike them. I don’t talk about them behind their back. I feel that they have the exact same rights to freedom that I do and would stand up for those rights as I would stand up for my very own.

The chink that has been displayed oh so many times is nothing more than a heaping spoonful of negativity, with a hearty dash of “wanting-to-be-superior-I’m-smarter-than-you-and-you-must-respect-me” Napoleon syndrome.

For those that have this syndrome, and you know who you are – I don’t care if you are not short in stature. You are short in so many other ways.

Jim Croce said, “If you dig it, do it. If you dig it a lot, do it twice.”

To those that would hamper the freedom of any other person, in any way whatsoever – shame on you. Live your own life and let others be happy living theirs.

Bill Guffey

Burkesville, Ky.

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