(Part 1 – Dear John) I thought you loved me?

I thought you said you loved me?

Dear John,

I am writing to tell you that I am breaking up.  I thought that you said you loved me?  Or more like you loved local rights and standing up for governments closest to the people – but that is what made me fall for you and support you when you ran for office.  That is what you said when you came to my front door.  Remember?  You were running for office.  You even mentioned it  in your campaign materials.

Then, I found out about this letter that you received from someone you have been seeing behind my back.  Someone who says “…control of those items that are for the greater good of citizens.”  Isn’t returning local rights regarding smoke-free for the greater good?

But I was heartbroken and really rather furious to hear them refer to me as “…whims of local citizenry.”  I was hurt.  I asked you about it and you told me that, I was not capable of making these kind of decisions and neither were my city council or my mayor.

I’m thinking that Sunday’s Tulsa World is right and that this “love fest” needs to end.  25 years is too long.  I WANT local rights returned.  Just like you promised me when you ran for office.  You can’t have it both ways.  You need to choose who elected you or who keeps sending you letters, giving you contributions and taking you to dinner.  I mean – they don’t even live in your district.

- Oklahoma Voter

PS – The Tulsa World also published excerpts of other letters:

“Our record in defeating state smoking restrictions has been reasonably good. Unfortunately, our record with respect to local measures…has been somewhat less encouraging.” – Raymond Pritchard, Brown and Williamson, US Tobacco & Candy Journal, July 17, 1986.

“But above all, we intend to resist, at all costs, any attempt by anti-tobacco forces to repeal the state’s preemption of local smoking regulation.” – Memorandum from Stan Bowman, Tobacco Institute, regarding “Oklahoma 1991 Legislative program,” Nov. 18, 1990.

“We could never win at the local level … So the Tobacco Institute and tobacco companies’ first priority has always been to preempt the field…” – Victor L. Crawford, former Tobacco Institute lobbyist, Journal of the American Medical Association, July 19, 1995.

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