Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

Letters to the Editor

February 12, 2014

An intellectually honest approach to health crisis

JACKSONVILLE — A few decades ago, when my Dad was the CEO of the largest department store in the south, he and his executive staff made a decision that would have a negative impact on the company's bottom line.  

Miami Beach had placed a gambling initiative on the ballot with the intention of drawing more money to the Miami Beach economy if the initiative passed. Dad's company elected to donate $25,000.00 to a campaign whose intention was to defeat the gambling initiative.  

The first reaction of most would be:  "Why would a department store endeavor to take steps that would have a negative impact on revenue?"  This decision was based on the knowledge and the statistical data that show that a large percentage of those who gamble injure themselves and their families by gambling.  Gambling and lotteries have always been a "chicken" way for states to generate revenue.  Since gambling, unlike paying income, property or sales tax, is voluntary, nobody is forced to do it.  Nevertheless there are so many who do it betting on the come. If casinos and lotteries were not profitable they would not exist; and they exist at the expense of those who are most harmed.  Just look at the typical person standing in line at the convenience store buying lottery tickets.  By the way, the gambling initiative was defeated.

Anyone who reads the paper or goes online to get the latest news, knows that CVS Pharmacy, who has about 7,600 stores in the United States, just announced that it will no longer sell tobacco products as of October 1, 2014.  

What a bold and moralistically correct move!  This decision will knock approximately two billion dollars of revenue out from under CVS.  This move translates into millions of lost net profit. I took the time to chat with the local CVS manager and he is tickled pink.  To paraphrase his remarks, "How can we purport to be looking out for the well-being of our customers if we sell tobacco products."  

This following quote comes from the CVS website: "Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is simply the right thing to do for the good of our customers and our company.  The sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose – helping people on their path to better health."

How awesome that we have retailers who make decisions that are for the well-being of the consumer instead of for themselves!  

Let us hope that this is only a first step.  Let us hope that Brookshire Brothers realizes the harm its tobacco barn does.  

Let us hope that Wal-Mart, who probably stands to lose a lot more revenue than CVS, takes the same step.  

Let's hope that some of the local convenience stores who deem the sale of alcohol immoral but yet continue to sell tobacco, take an intellectually honest approach to helping resolve one of the biggest health crises our country faces: Lung cancer caused by smoking tobacco.

 

Mike McEwen,

Jacksonville

1
Text Only
Letters to the Editor
  • Kudos to ‘Tomato Republic’ cast, crew

    THE STARS AT NIGHT WERE BIG AND BRIGHT, DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS!  The stars were the brightest the week of April 7, 2014 at the Dallas International Film Festival.

    April 23, 2014

  • Commending ag exemption views

    I have read the recent JDP letters regarding the Ag/Timber Exemptions with great interest and concern. This issue concerns a plan by our county Appraisal District to reevaluate our actual timber or agricultural usage of a property to increase revenue.

    April 19, 2014

  • H.O.P.E event offers chance to help locals in need

    A social worker once said to me “it is not easy to be poor in a small town.” Her reasoning varied but attributed it to a lack of public transportation, accessible healthcare, and employment opportunities. Other reasons were unavailable social service resources, employment training and higher education opportunities.

    April 10, 2014

  • April is Child Abuse Awareness Month

    Child Protective Services investigated more than 160,000 allegations of child abuse or neglect in Texas last year.

    April 9, 2014

  • Ag, timer exemptions a ‘money grab’

    I recently wrote a letter that was critical of the Appraisal District for forcing landowners to jump through hoops and spend money to maintain timber and ag exemptions on rural property.

    April 8, 2014

  • Local veteran: ‘Is that what we fought for?’

    The other night I was sitting at the house feeling alone and feeling down in the dumps. Wishing I was back in Vietnam, wishing I was anywhere but here in Cherokee County

    April 5, 2014

  • A few more words on ag exemptions

    People who claim an ag exemption and really do not tend to it are not benefitting the economy; all they are doing is forcing the rest of us to pay higher taxes to make up for their dishonesty.

    April 4, 2014

  • Crying foul

    What an amazing bit of gerrymandering in the opening lines of an article posted by Fox News this morning. The article: “Critics cry foul as feds place lesser prairie chicken on threatened species list” began with the first line with: “The Obama administration on Thursday announced plans to place the lesser prairie chicken on a list of threatened species...” and was quickly followed with: The Fish and Wildlife Service's decision, set to take effect around May 1 ... ”

    April 3, 2014

  • Appraisal District ‘doing its job’

    The letter to the Editor criticizing the steps being taken by the Appraisal District to verify whether or not owners of 11 acres or less are making legitimate use of their ag exemption exudes naïvete, disingenuousness, ignorance and a failure to understand economics.

    April 2, 2014

  • Clearing up decision to audit property

    It’s rarely advised to engage in a ‘letter to the editor’ debate.  However, in view of our current activities and the recently posted letter to the editor in a local newspaper regarding such, I am writing this response to set the record straight.

    March 29, 2014