Mr. Paul Mills of Waco wrote a letter to the editor of the Waco Tribune that is quite easy to refute. Mills, another nicotine addict, portrays himself as some sort of pseudo-martyr college graduate who landed less than an ideal job out of school cutting carcinogenic hydrazine lines.
It appears Mills’ cigarette addiction also constricted blood flow to his brain when he bemoans the fact that he can not smoke in public because it offends nonsmokers. Paul, nobody cares that you could only get a hazardous job with your college degree. What did you major in? We also do NOT give a crap that your health threatening job produces electricity AND that somehow give you the right to pollute the air with your second hand smoke.
Sure it is your life to live AS LONG AS IT DOES NOT ENDANGER THE LIVES OF PEOPLE WHO CHOOSE TO TREAT THEIR BODIES WITH RESPECT!
To the smoke-free supporters in Waco: I get up each morning, put my clothes on and go to work same as you(congratulation for being able to put on your cigarette wreaking clothes). Even though I went to school and college, unfortunately I did not obtain a position that allows me to rule over other people’s lives.
I worked cutting asbestos and in underground tunnels with lignite and coal dust for 22 years. We cut hydrazine lines with cutting torches, one of the most cancer-causing agents known to man. I worked 12-hour rotating shifts, which required working six months of each year with no days off and the remaining six with lots of overtime, all to make electricity to keep your business running. I worked for an ironworks company where the buildings were filled with welding fumes, smoke and steel dust from grinders.
Yet I can’t smoke because it offends you?(Try again….it harms our health)
So when we put our clothes on in the morning and go to work, think about how much better you are than me and vote for me to stay outside in the elements because of my life choices. Grow up and realize life is not perfect and neither are you. I live every day of my life knowing that I have only me to answer for what I have done on this earth(which is to pollute the air with second hand smoke). When I have to explain why I did this or that, I hope enjoying a cigarette doesn’t keep me out.
Paul Mills, Waco