LETTER: Is Raising The Smoking Age To 21 A Sign Of Hypocrisy?

According to Time Magazine, Hawaii is set to become the first state to pass a law banning the sale, use and possession of cigarettes and e-cigarettes to people under 21.

James Gruber of Washington writes in a letter to lehighvalleylive.com on the topic:

“I read in the paper recently that Hawaii will become the first state to move the smoking age to 21.  This will include the use of electronic cigarettes. Putting aside the obvious fact that the federal Food and Drug Administration has completely dropped the ball on electronic cigarettes being an unapproved drug delivery device, this legislation strikes me of deep hypocrisy.

“Apparently, a person of age 18 is old enough to operate a motor vehicle. That same person is also old enough to pick up a weapon of war and kill another person.

“But the legislative geniuses in Hawaii (and New York City) who proposed this kind of legislation feel that such a person is not old enough to know better about what they want to ingest into their body. At 18 they are old enough to operate devices that can kill others, but they are not old enough to operate a device that can kill themselves.”

Is there hypocrisy in raising the smoking age to 21?

(Updated post)

Bill O’Reilly And The Reality Of Asian Americans

Reality sometimes comes back to hit Bill O’Reilly.

For example, he pushes a military agenda in regards to the Middle East, yet he was never in the military.

More recently, he denies claims of “white privilege” and used Asian Americans to justify his point.  “If there is white privilege, then there has to be Asian privilege, because Asians make more money than whites…,” he pointed out to John Stewart.

That may be true.

However, it is also worth mentioning that 73% of Asian American voters cast a ballot for President Obama against Mitt Romney in 2012.

What happens when O’Reilly actually talks with Asians?

Last year, O’Reilly sent producer Jesse Watters to Hawaii to report on why the Aloha State is so liberal. Following the report, O’Reilly admitted his surprise with how Democratic the state is, because “Asians people aren’t liberal by nature” due to their being “more industrious and hard-working.” O’Reilly’s comments drew the attention and condemnation of Democratic Hawaii congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa, who appeared on O’Reilly’s program.

Hanabusa told O’Reilly she was very bothered by his commentary, saying that Asian residents of Hawaii, like the rest, value their elders and communities.

O’Reilly confronted Hanabusa over whether she had, in fact, seen the full segment on his program.

They also discussed the state’s unemployment rate and the people on food stamps. He also cited the drug problem in Hawaii as another result of the state’s “liberal culture.” Hanabusa disputed O’Reilly’s claims about drug use, though she did admit there is a drug problem in her state – as in any state – that she is trying to crack down on.

Hanabusa called him out on his Asian commentary, saying:

“When you characterize us in Hawaii, be aware that you’re talking about a culture, a people who have managed to live together and work together… You are offensive to Asians. By making that statement, you are offensive to all of us who are Asian. We are not one kind of person. We want you to recognize that we are different.”

To this day, it is the opinion of this website that herein lies the reason that Fox News “interviews” its own people – contributors, analysts, and other hosts.

When Fox News interviews people from outside of the “Fox bubble,”  the interviews simply don’t go as expected.

Take a look the local news coverage of another O’Reilly segment on Hawaii.