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Updated: April 20, 2013 6:41AM



Chicago now has $11 per pack cigarettes due to the $1 increase in Cook County’s cigarette tax. County board President Toni Preckwinkle said she hopes the tax angers smokers and helps them decide to quit.

Does she really? If people quit, the county will get less in revenue from the higher tax and all the other taxes levied on smokers in the past.

$110 for a carton of cigarettes is outrageous. Why must smokers be the ones to fill Illinois coffers? Most definitely an unfair division of taxation. We in Cook County have one of the highest gas taxes, sales taxes are too high and climbing and now $11 per pack for brand-name cigarettes.

As cigarettes get more expensive, it makes it more lucrative to bootleg them, encourages theft of cartons of cigarettes to sell on the black market and drives more people to Indiana to buy their smokes. Is Illinois going to have checkpoints at the border? Are all vehicles with Illinois plates going to be stopped and searched coming in from Indiana?

Cheri L. Ahner

Oak Lawn

Detroit’s demise

It is with a certain amount of unhappiness that I see what has happened to Detroit. I was born there, lived there for a few years as a youngster and remember Detroit as a vibrant city. Sadly, not anymore.

There was an email I received a while back that showed Hiroshima and Detroit as they existed in 1945 and again some 60 years later.

The only word to describe the downfall of Detroit is tragic. I just hope that the demise of Detroit does not happen to other cities in this country or the country itself.

Philip Peffley

Oak Lawn

In defense of Catholicism

Another article bashing Catholics in the SouthtownStar, which is looking more and more like the hyper-liberal mainstream media. All Catholics abhor the sexual abuse that has gone on, but columnist David McGrath goes too far in his March 10 column with his anecdotal description of race relations on the South Side in a very complicated and turbulent time.

Like the mainstream media, he is concerned about the women who want abortions rather than the innocent unborn who have no one to protect them. The church rightfully takes a strong stand against abortion.

McGrath says the racists in his parish in the 1960s hated anyone with differing views. Strangely, anyone who believes that marriage should be between a man and a woman, as it has been for thousands of years, is called a bigot by his ilk.

The Catholic Church is still a source of incredible good in this world, and I call for all Catholics to stand up against this relentless bashing by the liberal media.

Don Dalton

Midlothian



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