Originally Published: June 11, 2005 5 a.m.
Intrusive smoke poses a problem
If Karen Gibson in her May 1 letter thought someone was singling her out because she has chosen to smoke, then let me apologize. That is a matter of her own choosing, and the public doesn't have to accept her choice.
The "improve clientele" means those who have made the choice not to smoke would patronize the establishments more frequently if they were smoke-free. As I am sure she knows, smoke does not stay in a selected area; therefore, everyone is subjected to the smoke Š it does not involve choice.
I know all buildings are smoke-free, but please tell me what restaurants are smoke-free and I assure you I will frequent them. I like the Red Lobster, Outback, Coco's, Peacock Room just to name a few. Are they smoke-free?
In addition, this is a issue of health. If I am exposed to smoke I will develop an eye infection, which requires special medication and numerous trips to the ophthalmologist. This is not only cigarette smoke, but barbecue as well. I have to be very cognizant of my surroundings.
My comments are not a personal attack on any individual.
Faith in political structure at low ebb
Social Security started in the 1930s and has done what it was meant to do until this day.
In 1939, my mother and I signed up and got our numbers. She never worked where the tax was taken from her pay and never drew any Social Security payments. When I signed on, I was 13 and working in the largest restaurant in the area. The boss knew my age and everyone knew I was supporting myself and also going to school full time. I started paying into the system then and continued until age 68 and 1/2.
I assumed my government was taking care of my payments and investing them as they promised. I also had some investment accounts just because I was earning enough to do so. When I retired and began drawing Social Security, I believed I was drawing on what I had paid in for more than 55 years.
When the recent stock market upset and CEO crookedness came to light, I found I had lost three-fifths of my investments and was glad President Franklin Roosevelt had enough brains to start Social Security.
Now when I hear we present retirees are drawing on money paid by current working persons, I wonder what happened to the money we older people paid in all these years that we should be drawing on.
Has Congress been playing fast and loose with our savings? Also consider the investment news the past few years where so many lost so much with bad company leadership and stock market crashes. And ask yourself if the investment world is as safe as our politicians would have us believe. My faith in politicians and investment markets has been going downhill steadily.
Chaining dogs isn't the path to take
Regarding Gina Spadafori's May 26 report on chained dogs: For the hundreds of chained dogs in Yavapai County alone, a huge "Thank you!"
Few owners know the sometimes severe consequences of chaining dogs for lengthy periods of time or keeping them chained 24/7.
Unfortunately, all these dogs see for the future is another day and another night of being chained, unaware that concerned citizens are working to change laws throughout the nation to bring this abuse to a stop.
Tammy Grimes, founder of Dogs Deserve Better, reports that 10 children died or suffered serious injuries in April of this year alone in attacks that were a direct result of chained dogs or dogs that had broken free of their confinement.
Animals are not meant to be chained. Unfortunately, the owners who are guilty of such abuse undoubtedly do not read reports, such as Gina's, to become educated.
I would ask that if anyone knows of a chained dog, a neighbor or friend might bring Gina's report or this letter to that owner's attention in an effort to bring relief to that unfortunate dog.