Out of the Humidor
From the Print Edition:
Saturday Night Live: How it Shapes Our Politics & Culture, September/October 2011
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Your recent issue of Cigar Aficionado certainly gave justifiable and comprehensive coverage to Mr. Joe Mantegna’s successful acting career. However, Mr. Mantegna may have humbly declined to include his unfailing support to military service people and their families.
As you know, he has been prominent in hosting and co-hosting a number of national public television celebratory shows that honor our servicemen and women, as well as their families. I am sure that his actions in this regard include many other forms of valuable support.
Kudos to Mr. Mantegna for this dedicated under-the-radar diligence and dedication. I sincerely hope that you will see fit to bring this fact to the attention of your many readers.
I was sitting here reading the editor’s note of my first ever issue of Cigar Aficionado which was discussing New York City’s recent ban of smoking in public places. Like you, it saddens me that antismoking fanatics twist the scientific studies to further restrict the freedoms of the American public. I attend graduate school at the University of Michigan, and the campus has recently become completely smoke-free on any Michigan property. I find this another example where the irrational fear of Outdoor Tobacco Smoke (OTS) has caused a loss of personal liberties.
The University also cited littering as another reason to ban outdoor smoking. However, a walk around campus would show that there are more discarded soda cans than there are cigarette butts, yet soda is still sold in every building. My best friend and I would have a “victory” cigar on the way to the bar on Friday nights. Sadly, I fear that this ban will soon spread to the entire city and we will have to drive outside of town to one of the last remaining cigar bars in Ann Arbor. It is a sad day in Ann Arbor too.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
I wrote to my Congressman, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Los Angeles) who responded by reminding me that cigars are not good for you.
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