Letters to the Editor: Bible isn’t substitute for common sense

Regarding Scott Blazek’s opinion column — “Tattoos go against Bible’s teachings — in Sunday’s paper:

First, I am in no way a Christian, a satanist or involved in any other form of religion. What I do consider myself to be is human.

As a human, I am fully aware of what is right and what is wrong. I do not need some book to tell me there are certain things you should and should not do. Anyone with common sense could tell you the same.

I think religion is responsible for most of the atrocities happening in the world today. That said, I am fully aware that if Blazek’s God does exist, I will be cast down to hell to burn and suffer for eternity. But that is my decision and mine alone. Plus, if heaven is going to be full of people such as Blazek, I’d rather go to hell.

Andrew Antkowiak

Business owners should have final say in smoking
Regarding Friday’s CNJ report on the state’s new smoking ban:

Let me be emphatically clear about two things:

I endorse the concept that tobacco smoke when inhaled is hazardous to health.
I also endorse the concept of free enterprise.

The enacted smoking legislation was probably well intended as a health safeguard, but it has unfairly imposed unnecessary restrictions on the free-enterprise system.

Why not let the marketer of goods or services decide to whom they wish to cater — smokers or nonsmokers.

They are left to choose locations, when they’re open, what products they carry, how many and the price, return and delivery policies, etc., with minimal stipulations.

The same is to be said of the prospective employee’s choice. If someone doesn’t like water, life guarding is not a good choice for employment.

Linda Teakell, who said she is ecstatic about the law, stands tall among the misinformed as to what is fair and best to all concerned parties.

George Lees

Second-hand smoke not proven cause of death
In 1941, Nazi Germany banned smoking in many public places, including party offices and waiting rooms. Officials encouraged people to report violations of the ban to the Gestapo.

How ironic that 66 years later, in the United States of America, Linda Teakell is encouraging people (and providing the telephone number) to do that very thing. (“Citizens should be aware of new smoking rules,” June 10 CNJ)

In previous letters I have challenged Teakell and other hysterical propagandists to provide us with just one death certificate where the cause of death is listed as “second-hand smoke.” Of course they haven’t because such a document doesn’t exist.

I have also explained that the cities/counties/states don’t just ban the product altogether because the taxes are too beneficial to them.

In fact, some organizations use proceeds from the court settlements from the tobacco companies to spread their ridiculous, unfounded propaganda.

Again, how ironic.

The problem with people like Teakell is they haven’t the backbone to make personal decisions for themselves, like going to a restaurant or other public place where the owner chooses not to allow smoking. Instead, they beg their nannies (government) to impose their beliefs and phobias on the rest of the population.

There are still those of us who refuse to give up the liberty and freedom our forefathers have fought and died for.

Here’s another challenge for second-hand smoke hysteria:

I’ll get 20 people together in my closed garage and start everyone smoking. Teakell can get 20 people together in her closed garage and start her vehicle. Want to take bets on which group will survive?

Glenda Bly