Re: your Sept. 13 article, “Cigarette prices could double”:
Let me see if I have this right: Smoking has dropped, therefore revenues also, but pensions, salaries and housing have not?
What I see here is a racist, prejudicial attitude against people who smoke cigars, pipes and cigarettes, and the people who sell them.
Racism takes many forms, and this is one of them. To single out one group of people is indeed racism. To single out one industry is prejudice.
I think it is time for people to rethink living in California. We have put up with way too many taxes, high salaries and pensions, high housing costs and frivolous laws so that the elite of society can live in their utopia on the backs of the middle class and poor.
As an afterthought, could it be these organizations are in fear of losing their jobs because if everyone quits smoking and businesses close, then what will they do?
Oh yeah, get real employment.
— Sandra Barnes, Newbury Park