To curb smoking, boost tobacco tax
Improving people’s health has rarely been more urgent than it is right now, which is why I’m glad to see Sen. Chuck Schumer is among those working to find ways to help better public health through the reconciliation legislation. One piece of that bill that I would urge Sen. Schumer to support is an increase in the federal tobacco tax.
Increasing the price of tobacco is proven to be the best way to get people to quit smoking and prevent kids from starting.
Considering tobacco use remains the No. 1 preventable cause of cancer in this country, every person who stops smoking or never begins is a life spared from tobacco-related death and disease.
The legislation being considered would double the cigarette tax to about $2 a pack and would ensure other tobacco products, which are often cheaper and therefore more appealing to kids, are taxed at an equal level. In just the first year, the tax is estimated to reduce the number of adults who smoke by more than 1 million.
Considering the significant health benefits of increasing the tobacco tax, I strongly urge Sen. Schumer to make sure this common sense public health measure is passed into law.
ARSYL D. DE JESUS, M.D.
Trump should face justice for actions
Trump should be indicted, arrested and tried for numerous felonies as soon as possible.
He engaged in fraudulent business practices such as undervaluing his properties and hiding compensation to high level employees for tax purposes. He attempted to extort the president of Ukraine to bolster his chance to win the 2020 election.
Following the election, he solicited election fraud in Georgia when he asked Secretary of State Rathensberger to “find” 11,780 votes for him, the exact number needed to give him a win. He incited insurrection in a failed coup on Jan. 6.
Trump is still a free man because of justifiable fear that an arrest would result in widespread violence, as the bedlamists who support him will do anything for their leader.
However, this fear does not take into account that that same fanaticism will drive the anti-democratic and racist forces in this country to continue to lie, cheat, falsify records and undermine faith in our elections to worm their way into government from school boards to the Supreme Court.
If they succeed, we will all be at the mercy of angry, irrational, power-hungry racist tyrants.
We should face the immediate consequences of forcing Trump and all of his enablers to face justice rather than waiting for them to destroy the American constitutional system from within.
ANTHONY J. SANTO
Candidate info available from LWV
The League of Women Voters (LVW) of Schenectady County invited the candidates running for election in Schenectady County, the City of Schenectady, Niskayuna, Glenville and Rotterdam to answer several questions to provide information for voters.
The replies of over 40 candidates, organized by municipality, can be viewed at https://my.lwv.org/new-york/schenectady-county/voting.
The writer is Candidate Forum coordinator for the League of Women Voters of Schenectady County.
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