To our selfless leader, Governor Beshear,I have recently noticed a political debate upon the topic of raising or lowering the prices of tobacco goods sold in Kentucky, and it gives me a rather nauseous feeling that you have entertained the idea of even giving them a price. I believe that all tobacco products should be free, especially to those who go through a rough work day. In fact, the age limit for buying such products should be dropped to ten. With the rising rate of black lung and lung cancer by the help of smoking and second hand smoke the U.S. could radically drop in population, balancing out economic differences and certified social classes. Also, tobacco farmers could be turned into serfs for those who harvest more profitable crops and livestock. With tobacco products being completely free, I believe there will be a drop in crimes such as shoplifting and burglary.
Seeing as how no one else seems to have another option properly presented, death and slavery must be the only answer to the insufficient pricing, sales, and health problem. Obviously, Sir Beshear, the answer to our states' economic and health problems is to raise the pricing of tobacco products ten fold. With a raise in price only those with excess money to spend would be able to buy these products; with only the wealthy buying, less and less young adults and middle agers would be exposed to second hand smoke, black lung, and lung cancer. Along side that, the tobacco farmers, instead of being a slave to the rise and fall of sales and pricing, would have a steady income just as other Kentucky cash crop farmers. Then, as the wealthy spend and the 'bottom of the list' farmers earn, our current state of economy will have a head start in balancing itself out. A much better plan than handing out tobacco products to small children, converting hard working people into serfs and slaves, and supplying the entire state with a substantial amount of edible, breathable black lung and cancer. Deadly toxins are not safe with they come cheap, and poison should not be free.
Caitlin L. Camic