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Cigarette smoke hurts more than just the smoker

Smoke can spread beyond smoker

I am a critical care respiratory therapist. It's a fact that if you smoke in your car and house, your kids have a huge increase of getting sick! Wouldn't that alone make smokers go outside to light up?

But if I'm outside and I smell that smoke, especially the unfiltered stream (coming from the lighted tip) my chances are increased for inhaling toxic smoke that definitely will be doing some kind of damage. Maybe not right away, but in time it will. Then lets say the smoker puts out their cigarette and then picks up a child. Did you know there is now a third-hand smoke that can transfer the 3,000 toxic elements onto skin that can be absorbed into their tissues and bloodstream?

Obesity hurts us, too, but someone eating a Big Mac every day is not hurting me unless they blow it into my stomach.

Jeff Huber, Brooksville

Tobacco ban an economic choice

I read with interest the city of Brooksville's refusal to totally ban tobacco use by their employees. I agree that tobacco is detrimental to health and that an employer should endeavor to protect their employees from exposure to secondhand smoke.

It is an economic decision, however, when health care insurance is in the mix.

John P. Cemonuk Sr., Spring Hill

Fire commission needs changes

I looked at the Spring Hill Board of Fire Commissioners meeting on TV and I was appalled by Commissioner Ben Edwards proposal to reprimand Commissioner Robert Giammarco for sending too many e-mails to Chief Mike Rampino.

It is my understanding that Commissioner Giammarco sends e-mails to the chief to ask questions on issues that he and the taxpayers are concerned about, and wants to know the status of such issues. I also on occasion send e-mail to the district requesting information because I want to know what is going on.

I also re-sent the remarks made by Commissioner Leo Jacobs who said people are happy with the way the district is run and do not need to know what is going on, and that is the reason they do not come to the meetings.

Well, I have news for Commissioner Jacobs. I and 70,000 other taxpayers are not happy with this fire board. The reason people do not come to the meetings is lack of parking space, lack of seats in the meeting room and they do not want to listen to a comedy show. They also have prior commitments since you changed the meetings to 9 a.m.

The people need to know what is going on. Many people do not know that at this time the fire district does not have taxing authority. The tax for the district is being collected by the county under the existing MSTU. At the August primary election we must vote to give the district taxing authority.

Anthony Palmieri, Spring Hill

Recycling policy needs adjustment | April 25 letter

Action needed on recycling

We certainly do need a change in the recycling policy.

It's nice to know I am not the only one who feels like a victim of Waste Management. I would like to know why they are allowed to take such advantage of the residents.

I wholeheartedly agree with the letter writer. It is time for our local representatives to step in and lend a hand, and this time a helping one.

Linda Sampson, Spring Hill

Fair pay claim not backed by data

The April 18 Diane Steinle column on the Paycheck Fairness Act is rife with naive conclusions (relating primarily to the statistics of the issue). It is typical of the excesses, over-simplifications and non sequiturs that occur in editorials and political discussions that are grinding an ax. It would be refreshing to see an objective, comprehensive position on such matters.

The most logically inconsistent aspect is how the argument deals with the statistic with the least significance — the 77 cents vs. $1 figure. This female-male earnings ratio is an overall average, as noted by a quote from critics, that masks any effects from career choices, etc. In an attempted rebuttal of the critics, the article quotes the American Association of University Women as vaguely stating there seems to be a gap attributable to sex discrimination when these effects are considered. However, no quantification of this perceived gap is identified. Is it too much greater than 77 cents to justify passage of the act?

And then, of course, there is this obsession with averages that afflicts all arguments in political matters. Admittedly, it is convenient to deal with only a single statistic and compare its value applied to two (or more) groups. However, this convenience excludes the important consideration of the variance in the data from which the average is determined.

If you objectively examine the data, you will find that there are many women who earn more than men. In all fairness, shouldn't the men in the low end of earnings data also be trained in salary negotiations? Wouldn't these men also suffer the losses in Social Security and pension benefits and increase the possibility of living in poverty in the last years of their lives?

Why is the discussion limited to gender disparity? What about racial disparity (probably involving much less than a 77 cents on the dollar situation)? Ethnic disparity? Age?

Donald Barnhill, Trinity

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Cigarette smoke hurts more than just the smoker 04/28/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 9:57pm]
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