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A swift kick to the sheriff’s butt

Hey Bob Braudis … are you above the law? Do litter laws not apply to you?

Why did you throw your cigarette butt onto the street of Basalt in front of Two Rivers Cafe? Why do smokers think the world is their ashtray? Not only do you stink up our fresh mountain air, you fill our streets, trails and ski slopes with your cigarette trash.

As the warmer temperatures of spring creep into the valley, take a look at the melting piles of snow around town. Apparently, snowbanks are ashtrays. The filters of cigarettes take a minimum of five years to decay and the fiberglass within them kills birds, if eaten. What a nice treat to offer our wildlife.

Cigarette smoke is responsible for 78 percent of all lung cancer, the number one cancer killer of men and women. Hey smokers, you may have a right to smoke, but you don’t have a right to inflict your trash on the rest of the community … use your ashtray, please.

And Bob, if you really want to be our sheriff, you should set a standard that we all hope to reach, not bring it down to a level that leaves us all feeling a little “above the law.”

Jen Ware

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