Why isn’t smoking banned in casinos?
Smoking in casinos should not be allowed because of multiple health reasons.
The four leading causes of death in the United States are heart disease, strokes, cancers (eight different types) and emphysema. Smoking is one of the leading causes of these diseases.
Eight states have outlawed smoking in casinos. In the United States, 20 percent of people smoke, and 80 percent do not. To pass laws in the Legislature, a bill has to have more than a 50 percent support. It would be interesting to know how much money casinos and cigarette manufacturers spend for lobbying.
Besides the customers being exposed to secondhand smoke, casino employees are exposed to it 40 hours per week.
I have never smoked. I went to the Kansas Star Casino and had to move three times because smokers sat beside me and held their cigarettes over by my face so the smoke didn’t get in theirs. I would gamble more often if it weren’t for the smoking. If smokers went outside to smoke, they could still gamble and not force their smoke on the majority of people.
Why is smoking outlawed in nearly 100 percent of public places and not in casinos? The answer: casino profits and no regard for people’s health.
ROBERT F. BYRNE
Ride home on bike
“Koch rally peacefully raised consciousness” (March 16 Opinion) said that 40 organizations and more than 350 people attended the Occupy Koch Town rally. Attendees came from Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Nebraska, New York, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Iowa, Oregon and Washington, D.C.
I would hope that all of those attendees rode their bicycles home from Wichita. Or maybe they flew back on the new Boeing 747 fueled by solar panels, or possibly General Motors’ new windmill car.
That nasty, sticky oil that is used in our current transportation system allows the drivers to ride in air-conditioned comfort at more than 60 mph. How can you not trade that for a banana seat on a Schwinn?
Talk-show host Al Sharpton said last week that Karl Rove and the Koch brothers plan on raising more than $440 million to promote their selected Republican candidates this campaign. This has a real effect.
Since the U.S. Supreme Court has said it’s legal, we are seeing the effects of super PACs, which don’t have to disclose who gives them money. This method of gathering money to influence elections is morally wrong for either party or for individuals.
If this is to be the method of elections, America as we knew it is gone – thanks to the Supreme Court and the wealthy who are trying to buy American government for their special interests.
Right to defend
An Opinion Line comment compared Arabs and Jews to the Hatfields and the McCoys. Radical Islamists believe that any nonbeliever is an infidel and must be eradicated. They do not hate the Jews any more than they hate any other religion.
Do not confused moderate Muslims with radical Muslims. Israelis want to live in peace with Muslims, and moderate Muslims want to live in peace with other religions, including Jews. But Israel has the right to defend itself against assault, just as the United States does.
It is not just Israel that must protect itself from radicals, but the entire world. Israel is located in the midst of Muslim countries, and its state of awareness must remain extremely high and it must retaliate against aggression. The United States is far away, but we were touched by radical Muslims on Sept. 11. They will try and try again – not because of Jews but because we are considered a country of infidels.
Hatred has nothing at all to do with keeping your country safe from those who are determined to destroy it.
Good time for bond
As a resident of USD 260 and a grandparent of two elementary school students, I think the Derby school board could not have picked a better time to try to upgrade our learning facilities to be in line with surrounding school districts. The present bonds are about to be paid off, and interest is low on new bonds. And with the state’s obligation to pick up 21 percent of the cost (while it lasts), I hope this can be accomplished.
I think our students would love to attend a sixth- through eighth-grade middle school. Vote “yes” on April 3 in support of the Derby school bond issue, and give our young citizens the learning atmosphere they deserve.
The end result
Abortion, as horrible as it is, is not a problem. It is the end result of many problems.
Poverty, lack of education, lack of health care, rape, incest, drug abuse, and even the degraded morals of the media are to blame. Until we address the reasons women get abortions, the issue will not go away. Passing more and more restrictive laws against “the result” is not the answer.
Women have been ending or attempting to end unwanted pregnancies for centuries, too often resulting in permanent injury or death of the mother. Roe v. Wade helped prevent these tragedies. Reversing that ruling will not resolve the issue.