Concerning the Hancock County proposed smoking ban, I'm really surprised and disappointed to see where some of our civic leader's priorities stand - money for some in preference to health for all.
One group, calling itself Nototheban.com, claims itself as a group of businesses, organizations, unions, and individuals.
Chester's fire Chief wears two hats - one a fireman, who serves as a lifesaver, a protector of people, an individual who cares for safety for all, and the other hat as the commander of the American Legion, a great organization, but, also one that has its problems.
In the April 22 edition of The Review, Chief Hissam claimed his post, 121, would lose $75,000 to $100,000 a year with a smoke ban that would affect everybody.
Smoking throughout the county affects everybody also, but, in a worse way.
Chief Hissam has proven himself a very good businessman with all that he's done with the fire department. He could do the same with Post 121.
Smoking kills not just the smoker, but their families (that's a proven fact). Returning home from a smoke-filled bar with clothes that stink with smoke or smoking at home with non-smokers present, second-hand smoke is not an exaggerated statement, it causes cancer.
If a smoking ban causes a few lost jobs to save many lives, so be it.
How well I remember the 1982 Crucible shut down, a lot of people thought we were only steelmakers, but, I saw for myself these out-of -job people become pizza shop owners, bankers, ranchers, funeral directors, club (bar) owners, policemen, teachers, mail marriers, riverboat crew people, and some people moved away and got better jobs than they had at Crucible.
Please don't go crying throughout the county that the sky is falling. Twenty-four other counties in West Virginia went smokeless, the state of Ohio, with many American Legion posts in it, survived. We can do it, too.
I'm sure some American Legion members have visited the VA hospitals at Cleveland and Pittsburgh and seen young vets with cancer from smoking. It's truly a sad, sad, thing to see where some of these guys, who dodged death in war, but, couldn't dodge the smoke within them or around them.
Smoking is a filthy habit that I conquered April 19, 1992, after 50 years of smoking. Today, it's an expensive filthy habit, that we veterans should set an example to our kids, grandkids and friends on how to quit.
Let's take the lead and clean up our businesses, our organizations, our union halls, and our individual homes.
For everybody's sake in Hancock County, dog gone it, let's quit the nonsense and go from no to the ban to affirmative to the ban!