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Prop 29 Fails to Cure Cancer, does not ensure World Peace!

Original post made by Tom Cushing, Danville, on Jun 4, 2012

Having recently tried to update a woefully stale TV viewing habit (I gave up after the untimely demise of Deadwood), I tried to get interested in Mad Men, starting with season one. Beyond the dubious premise that no actual work got done in the 1960s (it would've interfered with the carousing and general misogyny), I was appalled by constant lightings-up. My lungs hurt after every episode – those actors should file for workers comp, as The Marlboro Man had nothing on them.

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Posted by Roz Rogoff
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 5, 2012 at 12:39 am

Cancer is non-partisan, decline to state, no political party. It attacks Republicans, Democrats, liberals, and conservatives. It kills family members of every political spectrum.

Those who want cigarette companies to remain financially healthy will vote No on Prop. 29. Those who want everyone else to remain physically healthy should vote YES on Prop. 29. "YES," it is really that simple.


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Posted by Sherry
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 5, 2012 at 7:10 am

It is amazing how they can twist the facts so much... they state that the proposition will not create jobs, and will not stay in California, etc, etc. etc.... of course it is not intended to do any of those things.

I think people would wish for a cure for cancer - whether it takes place in California, Memphis, Minneapolis, etc. or another country for that matter - it just needs to get done.

I also hope that another tax helps to make it a bit more expensive so that people will think twice before starting, or hope those who have already started to try to quit.

At the very least, big tobacco should help pay for the damage they cause (for cures, or treatment). I, like many others have lost loved ones to lung cancer... it is a horrible way to die and I don't wish that on anyone. Shame on them, but, what do you expect from big tobacco???

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Posted by Marrushi
a resident of Alamo
on Jun 5, 2012 at 8:53 am

Vote Yes on Prop. 29 to save lives from cancer, which kills people!

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Posted by Tom Cushing
a resident of Alamo
on Jun 6, 2012 at 7:49 am

Rats. It is remarkable what money can buy. Web Link

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Posted by San Ramon Oberver
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 6, 2012 at 7:58 pm

San Ramon Oberver is a registered user.

Some people are so anti-tax they wouldn't vote for one to save their lives. It reminds me of the old Jack Benny joke.

Benny (on the radio) is accosted by a robber who points a gun at him and says it's a stick up.

Robber: Your money or your life.
Benny: (pause)
Robber: (harsher) Your money or your life.
Benny: (another pause) I'm thinking it over.

This was Benny's biggest joke on the radio. Even more appropriate, the robber was a smoker. You can listen to it on Youtube. Web Link

Benny's tightwad character was a gag. If Prop. 29 is defeated, which it appears to be, it isn't at all funny.


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Posted by spcwt
a resident of Danville
on Jun 6, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Prop. 29 ties up tax money that could've been used to help solve California's fiscal problems.

California shouldn't spend tax dollars on any cause, no matter how noble, until it gets its fiscal house in order.

In order to plug California's $16 billion deficit, we will need to make some tough choices like raise taxes, layoff teachers, cut services to the poor, raise college tuition, etc. If Prop. 29 passes, these cuts and tax increases will need to be bigger than if we'd put in place a cigarette tax to help fund the budget.

Most states use cigarette tax money to help balance their budgets. California has resisted increasing tobacco taxes not because of the tobacco lobby, but because it is a regressive tax paid mostly by the poor, as smokers tend to be poor.

We likely need to raise taxes, and tobacco taxes should be part of the mix. But Prop. 29 ties up funds so that they can't be used to solve California's financial problems. I hope it is defeated.