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E-cigarettes are harmful, and higher taxes on them make sense

Upton Sinclair once said, “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding.” I usually don’t get through my Sun-Times every day without repeating these words , and recently it was in response to a letter to the editor from Rob Karr of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association.

Mr Karr indicated that he was very concerned that tobacco users in our state will not be able to wean themselves off the product due to the measures taken by Congress to raise taxes on e-cigarettes.

Karr seems to have completely overlooked recent studies that destroy the myth that these products are helpful in this regard and could simply be described as “differently dangerous” compared to traditional tobacco products. They are by no means “less harmful” as he states in his letter.

The irony is that members of his association sell the two dangerous products. If they tend to, which they obviously don’t do because it is for profit, they could literally do more to wean the public off of tobacco in one day – by refusing to sell the products – than e-cigarettes could ever do .

Don Anderson, Oak Park

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How to file a criminal complaint

From the Rittenhouse trial one learns that frivolous endangerment is the criminal offense of creating a significant risk of injury or death to another person, whether intentional or unintentional. Endangering is a crime when it comes to a deadly weapon.

While Rittenhouse was acquitted of those charges in court, the five gang members who shot in the street in Austin last month went free despite one of them being killed.

Cook County prosecutors said there was insufficient evidence to support the crime charge for the Austin shooting.

Hopefully after the Rittenhouse trial, prosecutors had someone to see how reckless endangerment would be identified and prosecuted should gangs conduct another shooting.

William O’Neill, near West Side

Talking is cheap when it comes to helping families

GOP MP Jim Jordan recently wrote that the Republican Party was the “Parents’ Party.”

This is just more of the GOP’s political conduct; as the saying goes: “Talking is cheap”.

Because when it came time to actually help parents and families, no Republican voted for the expanded child tax credit, nor did anyone in the GOP endorse federally paid family and / or sick leave. Another saying goes: “Actions speak louder than words”.

Republicans have once again shown us who they really are through their actions, not their words. Let us remember when we vote.

Bob Chimis, Elmwood Park

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