Friday, May 27, 2005

Stupid Letter Warning

Bruce B. Cunningham is today’s winner of the stupid letter contest. What’s striking is this one was printed in the SPPP, not the Star & Sickle.

First the letter, then my comments:

Smokers favored over runners

A group of Tartan High School students recently asked the Oakdale Planning and Parks Commission to prohibit smoking in public parks. Despite testimony from students, athletes, a school addiction counselor and a local physician, the commission voted 6-2 against the prohibition.

Apparently it made more sense to the commissioners to allow adults watching youth soccer games to puff away in peace. And those walkers and joggers in Oakdale are now free and clear to breathe deeply on cigarettes while they get their 30-minute cardiovascular workout done.

The Oakdale Planning and Parks Commission is now on record as being friendlier to smokers than Hennepin and Ramsey County liquor establishments. I hope the Oakdale City Council will show more common sense.

BRUCE B. CUNNINGHAM
Maplewood


Now, you may ask, what is it I have against Mr. Cunningham’s submission to today’s editorial page?

In a word: Everything.

First, he believes the Commission is wrong because they listened to “students, athletes, a school addiction counselor and a local physician” and came to a conclusion he does not support. How terrible it must have been for Bruce to have reality slap him in the ass like a big-ole 2X4 by opening his eyes to the fact that the world does not revolve around him and his repressive beliefs. That there are some in this world, including at least 6 in Oakdale that actually disagree with him.

Second, “Apparently it made more sense to the commissioners to allow adults watching youth soccer games to puff away in peace. And those walkers and joggers in Oakdale are now free and clear to breathe deeply on cigarettes while they get their 30-minute cardiovascular workout done.”

Are you really this stupid, Bruce? Are you?

You’ve been to the park, do you regularly see a cloud of smoke hovering around the ground seeping into the lungs of children and other persons of risk (shit, did I really write that)?

Of course you don’t, because smoke rises and is diluted (poor choice of words but you get my meaning) in the air around it, you idiot.

Joggers and kiddies are not going to be gasping on smoke-filled air having their pretty pink lungs clogged with tar and nicotine.

The next time you try to make an argument, Bruce, you should try to support it with a few facts. It makes it more interesting to read and you might have a shot at changing a mind or two.

Leave the whiney, emotional rants to Nick-boy and his little lady. They’re better equipped –with having estrogen coursing through their veins and all.

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