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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Legislating Behavior

1/22/2014, 3 p.m.
I have concerns about the city’s crackdown on so-called loosies.
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I have concerns about the city’s crackdown on so-called loosies. It is in reference to your front-page article published in the Jan. 16 edition by Barrington Salmon. First, let me say I do not believe we can legislate addictive behavior, meaning force someone to stop doing something they feel they need to do. We have tried it with drugs, alcohol and now cigarettes. The only way is for someone to stop is for them to want to stop and make a conscious effort to stop.

Cigarette companies are still producing cigarettes, even though they know they cause cancer, and people are still smoking them. The high cost of cigarettes is only hurting poor people, which is causing them to buy “loosies.” I think the education effort to stop underage smoking is great, but if someone chooses to start smoking, it is his or her choice.

I just don’t want to see another underground criminal network selling cigarettes taking the place of marijuana now that marijuana will soon be legal.

Kenneth Baker

Washington, D.C.

A Lack of Talent

Thank you, thank you, and thank you! Stacy Brown’s article, “Suggestive Appearances make up for Lack of Talent” [Jan. 16, 2014] finally takes on a subject that really needs to be discussed in the Black press.

We have given a free pass to these so-called “divas” for far too long. They really don’t sing, and if they do, they can’t. They don’t even have real musicians backing them up; it’s all digital sounds. There really needs to be a different category for what’s happening in today’s so-called hip-hop music industry.

I love beautiful women, I love to look at them, and I even like watching them dance, but let’s not call it a concert; let’s call it what it is. If this is what our young people want to hear and see, more power to them, and given the amount of money these so-called performers demand, it must be what young people want to hear. But please don’t put them in the same category as those who have worked hard developing their writing skills, voices and instrumental musical talents.

Lester H. Cambridge

Alexandria, Va.