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Voice of the People

May. 09, 2013 @ 11:46 PM

MU's tobacco ban is long overdue

A proposal to ban all tobacco products on the main campus of Marshall University by Marshall's Board of Governors (Herald-Dispatch, April 19, 2013, Page 5A) recalls "Free Cigarette Day" in the former Shawkey Student Union at Marshall during the early 1960s, when I was a student.

Usually once a month, representatives of one of the major tobacco companies would go through the Student Union and distribute small brand name packets of four or five cigarettes each to anyone who wanted them.

Although cigarettes then cost 30-35 cents a package, free cigarette day was greatly anticipated by students.

Tobacco companies also placed large ads in the Marshall student newspaper, The Parthenon.

Smoking and use of tobacco products then were pervasive throughout society, and that included the Marshall campus.

Smoking was not allowed inside the classroom unless the professor or instructor gave his or her permission.

Banning all tobacco products on the main campus of Marshall University is an idea whose time has come, and I hope that it is implemented and enforced.

Joseph Platania



Leaders need facts, not special interests

Politicians in our country and also some certain groups influencing lawmaking lack the intelligence to accept the wishes of the majority of Americans. It seems that their only concern is to persuade themselves that what they do is acceptable enough to satisfy the special interests that are spending millions of dollars on their behalf.

They should have the accurate information about our country's needs, and such information must be properly interpreted and be in their hands at all times. They cannot continue to ignore the people, the people who are beginning to wake up and see what they are really accomplishing while in power.

Our country needs honesty and the intelligence to return to the economic factors that made us what the rest of the world has always expected of us.

Robert Garcia




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