Duane Lester does it in style, taking a letter-writer in Des Moines to the woodshed
However, this letter by Bill Leonard leaves me wondering if he’s a liberal or a conservative. I really don’t know, since nanny-staters reside on both sides of the political spectrum. Bill isn’t my type of conservative, if he’s leaning right, but if he leans left, his dependence on the government for control is right on target:
Does it make sense to take $60 million from the billfolds of Iowans to gain $13 million in taxes?
Well, of course, say advocates of online poker, the latest proposed gimmick for separating you from your paycheck. Iowans should be able to go broke from the comfort of their living rooms via computer without having to waste money driving all the way to a casino.First off, no one is “taking” $60 million from anyone’s billfolds. The free people of Iowa, and the surrounding states, choose to enter these gambling establishments, knowing the likelihood of losing every penny they wager is higher than winning the jackpot. So in the first five words, Bill shows flaws in his premise, but let’s continue:
Where does it stop? Should I be allowed to eat Cheetos and drink Mountain Dew? No, you’ll get fat and weigh down an already overloaded health care system. BANNINATED!
Should I be allowed to read “Catcher in the Rye,” or even more controversial books like Ann Coulter’s, “Godless?” No, Holden Caufield will corrupt our youth and Coulter says things we consider hateful and wrong, so you’ll be misinformed. BANNINATED!
The fact is, in a free society, some people are going to engage in behavior or activities that you don’t approve of them doing. As long as it doesn’t hurt anyone not involved, it’s really none of your business.