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Editor's response: Your letter proves once again what we always say: taste is subjective. We disagree with your statement that there are no 90+ cigars in the world today. We have smoked a number of cigars this year deserving of 90s from various cigarmaking nations, including Cuba. And when quality has fallen short, we've pointed it out. See our June 1998 issue, page 82, or any of our tastings.
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Bravo, Marvin and Gordon, for your editorial in the August issue. The spirit of "new prohibition" has gripped the entire decade of the '90s, and I just keep hoping that maybe when this decade is over the prevailing "Little Johnny Mustn't" attitude in our society will fade away. Unfortunately, I fear that my generation, the Baby Boomers, is fueling a lot of this. Raised by the media to worship youth and fear old age, we're on an obsessive quest for the fountain of youth, and as a result have given the country (in order of appearance) the jogging craze, the health food and "anti-fat" craze, the anti-tobacco craze and--wait, the '80s were just a rehearsal--the "anti-alcohol" craze. I'm one Boomer who has no illusions that eternal youth can be attained by so-called "clean living." I work at the American embassy in Bonn and have to live with the "No smoking in government buildings" rule and the self-righteous twits who glory in it, but at home I can draw the line: on the door of my apartment here in Germany is the following sign: This apartment is a smoking area./The enjoyment of tobacco products is cheerfully tolerated here. You have a problem with that? Don't come in.
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