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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Cigarette tax hike is just more greedy gouging

Thursday, November 15, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times

Toni Preckwinkle’s Cook County budget is again based upon a cigarette tax. We voted her into the job of president of the county board believing she would be innovative and find new methods to budget.


I’d like to ask, “Is that all you got?”

Cigarette taxes are like shooting fish in a barrel. Nothing innovative there, just the same greedy gouging of one segment of taxpayers. It’s sort of a punitive, prejudicial taxation and sort of “unAmerican.”

Taxes theory is that all taxpayers pay to share cost of goods and services on their ability to pay. Not just one group paying hundreds of millions in taxes, over and over.

Nonsmokers may not care now, but when smokers are tapped out, what next? Air?

Fred Morrow, Edgewater




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