Some words of advice to smokers, would-be smokers
The Native American Indian had grown tobacco in the 1800s. Sitting Bull and all our chiefs prayed with tobacco in their pipes. It was used for prayers, not to smoke. We believe the smoke from our pipes goes to the Heavens and an eagle flies and takes our prayers up to the Heavens and the Creator answers our prayers.
We teach our children not to smoke. Children need to stand up. Our Indian children have Indian centers to teach good and bad, right and wrong. It is not cool to smoke. There are too many sicknesses in America and smoking should not be one of the causes of sickness.
1. God didn't put a smoke stack on your head to smoke.
2. You look like a dragon huffing and puffing.
3. Next your baby will have nicotine in its body.
4. Your teeth are horrible; yellow and ugly.
5. Women or men, you are not sexy smoking.
6. You look sickly and ugly with a cigarette hanging from your mouth.
7. One day you will get up from bed and your body will be all gray from smoking.
8. Monkeys are smarter than people, they don't smoke.
9. Get a life: Quit.
10. Save your money and see how beautiful America is.
11. It is against the law to give children cigarettes, (Children, please tell a cop).
12. Smoking gives you wrinkles around your mouth.
13. Do you love your family? Then quit smoking.
MARGARET EAGLE CLOUD
Kids need more sleep than adults; let them have it
This letter is a response to the reader complaining about the 14-year-old who does not like a 7:30 a.m. start time for school. I am not trying to start a debate here but the 14-year-old is the one who is right in this situation. Yes, she will be in for a rude awakening after her schooling is completed, but only if she chooses to accept a job that starts early in the morning.
The second writer talks about how he loves his job, but it starts at 7 a.m. so he needs to be up by 6 a.m. That is a choice. The writer accepted a position that requires an early start time by choosing to do that. The high school student short of quitting school doesn't have that choice.
There have been numerous studies and lots of research regarding teenagers needing more sleep than adults do. Studies prove that later start times for high school students reflect high grades and better participation by students and less falling asleep at their desks. I know I sure slept a lot when I was in high school.
My parents can vouch for that. I slept my weekends away until I graduated and then some. However as an adult, I too now have a job that I start at 7 a.m. I would not trade it for the world, but again, it is a choice I have made. I am choosing to work this shift and this profession.
So I applaud the teenager who reads the newspaper and shows the courage and skill to write a letter to the editor voicing her opinion. After all that is what the letters to the editor are for, reader opinions.