J Michael Hayes (hayesj@RINTINTIN.COLORADO.EDU)
Tue, 12 Apr 1994 15:30:50 -0600
Not to be a pain Ryan, BUT
>With the recent developments at US Food and Drug Administration, tobacco
>may soon be a "drug" defined as a controlled substance, as well.
This may be outside scouts -l guidelines
but I'd just like to appeal to common sense
with a bit of humor. Keep in mind that
I DO NOT WISH TO OFFEND or START a DEBATE,
just trying to make a point-
YOU CAN'T TEACH YOUTH ABOUT HOW TO GET ALONG
IN THE WORLD IF YOU COCOON THEM FROM IT!
I'm sure it could be shown that automobile's
account for more health costs and death's of
children than incidental smoke.
Here in Colorado, I'm always amazed when during
rush hour, standing near the bus exhaust, with
over 100,000 vehicles on the road, sees me smoking
a cigarrette 10 feet away (twice the distance
as they are to the bus exhaust) and they cough.
Extolling the virtues of the fresh air (worst
particulate polution in the US during a dry windy
winter day from the dust pollen and spores carried over
the mountains), driving as fast as they can get away
with (with a single passenger, the driver).
Sorry, but I get TIRED of special interests deciding
to look at every aspect of life in isolation, especially
those with no concept of science outside their little
specialty. The FDA and every other government agency
and public institution has their own political agenda,
in the name of the public good.
Yes, exposing children to side smoke, in an enclosed
area, over time, has been shown to have a deliterious
effect on their health. So has living in any area with
air pollution. I hearby request that a letter writing
campaign to the FDA be invoked to declare that
fossil fuel burning by-products be labeled a
controlled substance. Possesion of fossil fuels
will be a class 1 felony punishable by not
less than 5 years imprisonment. Possesion of
a self propelled fossil fuel combustion device
will require a minimum of 10 years imprisonment.
Transportation of children in such a device will
require 20 years imprisonment. Sale of such a
device to a minor, under the age of 21 will incur
the death penalty.
Thank God for all the Scouters that influenced me
as a youth that occassionally had a nip late at
night on a campout. And for the ones with
their cigars, pipes and cigarrettes. I wouldn't
have had a program had they not been allowed to
Youth don't need perfection as a role model.
They need to see how mere mortals try and do their
best in the world.
The funny thing is the difference in the literature
on drug abuse that the BSA gives the youth and
the adults. How many know what I am talking about?
email only for this question.
Just an imperfect human, trying to contribute,
trying to make a better world for my children.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City