From the editorial "Don't choke on taxing smokes":
Cigarettes, while hardly a necessity, are addictive, and people who have the habit but scant money to spare will be hurt in the pocketbook if the General Assembly goes along with raising the tax.Anything that comes after "Yeah, poor people will be hurt by this tax, but ..." is insensitive in the extreme.
Their pain, though, must be weighed against ...
But when have these guys at the Times let the plight of the people of Southwest Virginia get in the way of their cheerleading the growth of their favorite government?
"They're going to die anyway. Poor wretched bastards. Let's tax 'em on the way out."
Really empathetic, they are.
Worthy role models for all of us.
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Doesn't the publisher of the Roanoke Times sit on the board of Planned Parenthood of the Blue Ridge? Where poor people have their poor children aborted? Is there a pattern here?