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We do a lot of dumb things in Worcester, but this headline might take the cake:
— Telegram & Gazette (@telegramdotcom) June 2, 2016
Oh sweet Jesus. The stupidity never ends. Look, Turtleboy thinks cigarettes are nasty. There’s nothing worse than talking to somebody who just ripped a butt and smells like your crusty old grandmother. But this is America. If you wanna smoke and take years off of your own life, then that’s your right. Only in a place like Worcester could you look an 18 year old in the face and say, “You’re old enough to die fighting ISIS, but you can’t smoke a cigarette when you get home.” Because that is perfectly logical.
Let’s look at the dumb things people are saying about this:
Please explain to me how this is going to keep people from smoking. I’m all ears. Do you think a 20 year old who is addicted to cigarettes is suddenly gonna stop because he can’t buy them in Worcester? Because if you do, then I’ve got a world famous horse ranch in Nantucket I’d like to sell you.
Yea, 18 year olds aren’t capable of making smart decisions, so we should take away their freedom of choice. Guess that means they shouldn’t be allowed to vote either, right? After all, they’re not smart enough to know what they’re doing. And what about abortion? They might make a choice at 18 that they wouldn’t have made at 21. We should protect them from themselves. Because when they turn 21 they’ll magically have all this wisdom which will prevent them from purchasing cigarettes in this one particular municipality. This is BRILLIANT!!!!
Yes, this will reduce access to cigarettes from people IN WORCESTER!!! And as we all know, Worcester is the only place that exists in the entire world. There is nothing outside of Worcester. Once you leave you just fall off the face of the earth.
Oh wait, there’s these other places called “Shrewsbury” and “Auburn” and “Leicester” and they have stores that will still sell cigarettes to 19 year old adults. So anyone with a brain would realize that all this is going to do is destroy small businesses in Worcester and decrease tax revenue, which of course will be made up by an increase in property taxes. GREAT IDEA!!!! Very well thought out!!!
This is the chairman of the Board of Health:
Abigail Averbach. She’s your typical West Side busy body who think she’s smarter than everyone else. She looks down on people who live in Grafton Hill and thinks they’re not smart enough to make their own choices. Therefore they NEED her infinite wisdom in order to protect themselves from cancer. Because at the end of the day they are her children and she is the adult who is taking something away from them.
Oh yea, and guess who appointed this idiot and the rest of the current five members Board of Health?
“City Manager Ed Augustus Jr. has named Abigail Averbach, Joanne Calista and Jerry Gurwitz to the board. Two more appointments remain for the five-member board. The city manager will assign one of the five as chairman.”
Of course. Easy Ed Augustus. Because this is what happens when you appoint a politician to be a City Manager. City Managers are supposed to be experienced in the field of business and municipal administration. That’s why we have one of those instead of a strong Mayor. Because a Mayor is more often than not a dumbass elected boob, propped up by a political machine.
But Ed Augustus has no business degree, and he has no experience in management. He’s been a politician his entire life. And this is the kind of dumb ass thing that politicians do – they appoint their friends to the Board of Health and they turn Worcester into the nanny state.
And guess who was the ONLY City Councilor who had a problem with giving the Board of Health this sort of power?
This year, after much debate and staunch opposition from At-Large City Councilor Mike Gaffney, the board was granted regulatory powers as part of a redesign of the city’s Public Health Division.
Of course. The people’s councilor. The voice of reason in a sea of madness. How dumb do you have to be to vote for Jumpin’ Joe Puddy?
And look at how it’s going to affect small businesses in Worcester:
Rabab Hamka Jaber, who owns Manarah Hookah Cafe on Harding Street, said she has spent a considerable amount of time and money getting her 18-plus hookah cafe up and running. She said her business caters to that 18- to 21-year-old segment of the population, and said raising the minimum age would affect 90 percent of her sales. She said she wouldn’t have spent money retrofitting the building to separate it from an adjoining bakery her family also owns if she knew the proposed regulations would be going into place.
Sorry Rabab, that was your fault for being entrepreneurial and opening a business in Worcester. Sure, this will destroy your business, but it will make 19 year olds spend more money on gas to buy cigarettes, so clearly it’s a worthwhile endeavor.
The bottom line is that this is going to fix nothing, it takes tax revenue out of the city, it destroys small businesses, and since an unelected board dictated this without the consent of the people, it is undemocratic. This is the type of city Worcester has become under Ed Augustus. Police get no respect. Firefighters have been working without a contract for years. The Chandler ballfields were nearly turned into a parking lot. Groups like Mosaic are raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to do NOTHING. But it’s OK because 20 year olds can’t buy cigarettes here anymore.
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