I was very disappointed to read that Princeton raised the minimum age to buy tobacco to 21 years old ("Town becomes 5th in N.J. to limit tobacco sales," April 22). However, in no way was I surprised. This is part of a steadily growing trend throughout the entire country to treat adults more and more like children.
I know smoking is bad for us. The people who smoke know it's bad for them. It's even printed right there on the box, yet some people still want to smoke cigarettes. That's their decision to make. That's freedom. Freedom is giving people choice and allowing them to make the wrong decision. Freedom is making people face the consequences of those bad decisions. If you get sick, don't expect me to pay for it.
You, the individual, is the best person to decide what's best for you. Not a panel, not town council and not the Legislature. After all, who knows you better than you do? No one.
It must be great running Princeton. You can raise taxes as much as you want, pass any ordinance you'd like and still get re-elected. "Unfortunately," it's not like that in East Windsor. People won't tolerate high taxes or ridiculous ordinances. We're thankful for the businesses we have. I appreciate our convenience stores and gas stations that service our citizens and I would never do anything to unnecessarily hurt their business.
The people of Princeton are more than welcome to shop in East Windsor and we thank them for their patronage.
-- Steven J. Uccio,
The writer is a Republican primary candidate for East Windsor Town Council.
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