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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Cigarette tax targets the poor

By Les Sapp
October 8, 2012 | 2:06 p.m. CDT

When asked would Prop B hurt the poor, Chris Kelly said, "Yes and I don’t mind that.”

Rep. Kelly thinks “this is the only game in town;” well, here are a few more choices he might think about.

Why not tax mobile homes, cars over 10 years, beer, fast food, tuition, etc.?

I guess smokers are the only ones with kids in school, why else would they be called on to pay for education?

Does anyone remember when the passage of the lottery was “the only game in town” to solve education funding?

Deja vu all over again, maybe it’s time to share cost fairly across all economic groups.

I would ask all non-smokers to find a mirror, look yourself in the eye and ask, is Proposition B really a fair way to fund education?

It’s time the “POOR” take the only action they can afford and vote no to show Kelly the poor do matter.

Below are a couple of other things that should be required if Prop B passes:

I say vote no on Proposition B.

Les Sapp is a Columbia resident. Questions? Contact Opinion editor Elizabeth Conner.