E-cigarettes cause harm, and higher taxes on…

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Upton Sinclair as soon as stated, “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” I often can not make it via my Solar-Occasions on a regular basis with out repeating these phrases, and lately it was in response to a letter to the editor from Rob Karr of the Illinois Retail Retailers Affiliation.

Mr. Karr implied he was very involved that tobacco customers in our state gained’t be capable of wean themselves from the product due to congressional motion to impose larger taxes in opposition to e-cigarettes.

Karr appears to have fully missed current research that destroy the parable that these merchandise are useful on this regard and will simply be described as “differently dangerous” in comparison with conventional tobacco merchandise. They’re by no means “less harmful” as he states in his letter.

The irony is, members of his affiliation are the very sellers of each of those harmful merchandise. If that’s the case inclined, which they clearly usually are not as a result of earnings are at stake, they might actually do extra to wean the general public off of tobacco use in at some point — by refusing to promote the merchandise — than e-cigarettes might ever do.

Don Anderson, Oak Park

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How you can press legal prices

From the Rittenhouse trial, one learns that reckless endangerment is the legal offense of making a considerable danger of harm or dying to a different particular person, whether or not meant or not. The endangerment is a felony when a lethal weapon is concerned.

Whereas Rittenhouse was acquitted of this cost at trial, the 5 gang members who shot up the streets in Austin final month walked free though one in all them was killed.

The Prepare dinner County state’s lawyer’s workplace acknowledged there was inadequate proof to assist felony prices for the Austin shoot-out.

Hopefully, the state’s lawyer’s workplace had somebody following the Rittenhouse trial to see how reckless endangerment is acknowledged and prosecuted, ought to gangs perform one other shoot-out.

William O’Neill, Close to West Facet

Discuss is reasonable on serving to households

GOP Rep. Jim Jordan lately texted that the Republican Get together is the “party of parents.”

That is merely extra political posturing by the GOP; because the saying goes, “talk is cheap.”

As a result of when it got here time to truly assist mother and father and households, not one Republican voted for the expanded baby tax credit score, nor have any within the GOP supported federal paid household and/or medical go away. As one other saying goes, “actions speak louder than words.”

Republicans, via their actions, not their phrases, have as soon as once more proven us who they are surely. Let’s keep in mind this once we vote.

Bob Chimis, Elmwood Park

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