Letter to the editor: Children vaping & voting
Lori Falce pulls no punches in “Vaping defense is up in smoke.” The mother of all truth-bombs was “These aren’t grown-up decisions.”
This blows up any progressive argument in favor of lowering the voting age to 16; children should not vote. Child-like citizens of voting age get addicted to the false euphoria of big-government solutions to problems, from inhaling the toxic “candy-colored smoke” blown by Democratic presidential candidates. Why endure the inconvenience to quit vaping, when the real problem is those who destroy the planet filling their gas tanks and eating meat in air-conditioned comfort? Why worry about hospital bills resulting from self-destructive behavior when your free health care is funded by everyone else’s taxes?
Recently, friends discovered their 30-something son was so addicted to the Bernie brand of “jellybean-flavored haze” that he stopped paying his college loans; their credit score plunged because they co-signed. How’s that for grown-up, responsible decision-making?
There is plenty of blame to go around, and pointing fingers won’t begin to correct the path in which we have wandered so far astray. If schools and laws don’t require people to accept consequences for small mistakes, they will likely suffer consequences of big errors in judgment.
To counter the “personal choice” argument, the critical role of faith and religion must be re-emphasized. When someone naively believes they can do whatever they choose because it’s “their body,” they should be instructed that it is not their body at all. It is only on loan from God.