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Establishments should have a choice in smoking rules

With some age and workplace restrictions, using tobacco products in this country is legal. And, with the proper permits, selling tobacco products is legal.
Add political parties to Do Not Call registry

Would anyone object if the Do Not Call list were amended to include sales pitches from political parties and political election surveys? The amount of phone calls from these entities this year has been overwhelming.
Presidential authority needs checks and balances

People who are happy with this country's status quo could probably care less whether Congress ever agrees on anything. Others who are not are frustrated with the lack of forward progress our legislative branch has provided over the past few years.
What are we fighting for?

As a Vietnam vet who served at Da Nang AB, RVN, in 67-68, I have an opinion the leaders of our government might want to listen to. That opinion is based by the following facts. The lives of over 50 thousand young Americans were lost in the Vietnam War. Why? What did our country gain from those sacrifices? In my opinion, nothing! North Vietnam, the enemy then, took over the entire country.
Shutting down VA services unconscionable

On October 8th, I received a message from The American Legion National Headquarters regarding VA public services closed because of the continuing government shutdown. Military men and women expect they may be sent to foreign lands to fight for our national interests. And, they realize they may be injured or killed while performing these patriotic duties. However, it is unconscionable that our government would choose to put them in harms way in our own country.
What happened to religious freedom?

I received an email from the National Headquarters of The American Legion today, the day after Christmas. It states that the Dallas VA Medical Center denied school children the distribution of handmade Christmas cards to veteran patients because the cards referenced the holiday by name - Christmas. The email further states that the VA Hospital in Augusta Georgia turned away school kids that came to sing Christmas carols as they have done the past couple of years. When the kids walked in, the VA gave them a list of songs that were permissible to sing, presumably non-secular.
Threats from governor is not leadership

...effective method of instilling enthusiasm in the troops. I look forward to seeing what the new philosophy prevailing from the Alaska executive branch produces. From my perspective it looks like leadership by blackmail. Dean Hill, Sterling
Iron Dog tougher than serving in Afghanistan?

...takes. They don't always have the option to go to bed at night or quit, and go home. And, a $50,000 prize isn't waiting for them at the end of their tour. I think the Iron Dog participants would agree with me. Dean Hill, Sterling
Sterling Community News

...side parking lot at the elementary school. Happy birthday wishes go out today, July 23 to Kathy Fontenot; Tomi Poss, Dean Hill and Shirley Dawson will celebrate July 26; Dennis Poss on July 28; and Beverly Looney on July 29. You may have noticed...
Who's being helped by tax breaks?

...high income tax bracket. Most certainly, members of Congress will realize the tax break if it is extended. With the present economy, the advantage of tax breaks for the middle and lower class earner speaks for itself. Dean Hill, Sterling


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