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Smoking areas allow non-smokers to enjoy mall

Editor: I would like to thank letter writer Robert J. Mauro of Holiday. You see, I was not aware of the new designated smoking areas at Gulf View Square Mall until I read his letter to the editor on Sept. 26. My family has been unable to visit the mall because our son, Saul, 5{ months old, has a breathing problem that prohibits him from being exposed to smoke.

I think we should have the freedom to live our lives as we see fit, but a line should be drawn when our habits and choices restrict the freedom of others. The choice to smoke in public subjects others to a health hazard. Our choice to not smoke does not. I say, if you choose to smoke, please do so in private places or outdoors, somewhere where you can keep your toxic fumes to yourself.

And my appreciation also goes to Gulf View Square Mall. Now, when someone in my family says, "Let's go to the mall" _ we can!

I hope our once favorite restaurant, Ho-Ho Chinese Restaurant, will adopt the same policy. Then we can spend some of our time and money there as well.

Lucia Yeargan, New Port Richey

All public places should ban smoking

Editor: If smokers like or choose to smoke, fine, but they should not force non-smokers to inhale their smoke. There is nothing more frustrating than to go pay for gas and come out in less than one minute and smell like smoke. There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to eat out because the restaurants smell like smoke.

I for one would like to see no smoking in any public place: malls, stores, gas stations and restaurants. Smokers can go outside; that's their right to smoke.

We non-smokers have various reasons we don't smoke, some being medical, and I get tired of having to endure others' smoke. Dividing a room in half, so half can smoke and the other half are non-smokers, does absolutely no good.

I'm all for Gulf View Square Mall cutting down on smoking throughout; now those of us who like to shop can breathe again. Let's hope more stores and restaurants get the same idea and cut out smoking.

Tammy Beal, Hudson

Drinking, drugs worse than smoking

Editor: This morning, again I picked up my Pasco Times to read "Letters to the Editor," and though I've written before to the paper and never had my letter printed, I doubt this one will be either, because it has to do with "smoking" and the mall and food service establishments and nauseating, filthy ashtrays on tables and about. I also find it nauseating, seeing cigarette butts strewn around all over the street and sidewalks.

But, I'd like to tell you what else makes me sick! The beer cans and empty bottles and condoms strewn all over the streets and sidewalks that seem to be acceptable to most of the public.

First of all, who needs the malls and restaurants? There are other places to shop, stop and rest. I don't smoke anymore, but what I need is an intelligent answer concerning drinking and drugs that seem to be acceptable in the mall and eating places. I really realize how the smell of smoke can hurt others. But does smoking a cigarette cause me to stagger around in the mall bumping into people; cause me to kill people while driving; make a big mess throwing up; cause me to lose control of myself by raping and causing fights and violence? It's acceptable to offer drinks and drugs to company and expected by some, yet there is a sign on the front door that says "No Smoking Please." How many of you who can't stand the smell of a cigarette, pipe, or cigar drink? Does the smell of drinking and bad breath bother you? Is a sour smell on you better than the smoke smell? Do you really believe no one knows you are a drunk or drug user?

If you are going to clean up the people by charging $500 for smoking in public, you better start with doing something about some of the judges and lawyers who turn drunks (not "alcoholics" _ that's just a dressed up name for a drunk) and drug users loose faster than the policeman can bring them in! Most of the judges and lawyers drink and play with drugs _ we all know that! How many of you drink and use drugs but can't stand the smell to be around a person who smokes? I know about drunks and I know about smokers _ I've never seen street drugs, but I've seen users who are out of control of themselves! Tell me _ who ruins the lives of others the most?

L. Arlene Whittaker, New Port Richey

Compelling reasons to re-elect Bush

Editor: Re: At issue: executive appointments, Robert Batey, Oct. 1.

So, the United States has a compelling reason to put a Democrat in the White House over all other considerations. This one is reaching _ really reaching! Professor Batey observes that eight of the nine justices of the Supreme Court were appointed by Republicans. Why not recognize the ninth justice who was appointed by Democratic President John Kennedy (leader of the aborted revolution against Cuba at the Bay of Pigs)? "Whizzer" White, the All-American football player from Arizona, had never been a judge, nor a lawyer who had ever tried a case, but was an assistant to a district attorney and became a Democratic appointee, as Kennedy was an ardent football fan. All-American football player, what a qualification for a Supreme Court justice! Democratic appointee!

Why, Congress can do more damage or create better influence than the Supreme Court. Actually, the country cannot afford either august body. More people in Congress are incongruous (which means, inharmonious, inconsistent, out of place). It was a Supreme Court that struck down a highly popular and beneficial censorship under the Will Hays office in the '30s and replaced it with the "free speech" minorities with the self-avowed obscenities of the current R-rated movies, permissive to crime and "free love" under the guise of social significance, closing down an iron curtain in the faces of young people under the age of 17, a large segment of the population.

Senators tried hard to prevent Clarence Thomas' appointment, but his accuser's 10-year-old grudge did not work. Her inquisitors neglected to ask her how she reacted at the times of her "harassment." Did she laugh at all those "blue" jokes she so aptly remembered, or did she flinch and protest and walk away? We'll never know why she saved it all up until her mental assailant was approaching the highest job of his career.

I always read the writer's name at the end of an article or editorial. I shrug whenever it says "Professor somebody." It usually develops that professors are those who profess to know it all about everything, but usually know very little about anything!

David McNeil, Hudson