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John Dock | Checking in, from the past

“John Dock” was the pen name used by the writer of an opinion column seen in the Cabot Star-Herald, Lonoke Democrat and Carlisle Independent in 1963 and 1964; the writer remarked on events and developments of the time. Confirmation of the identity of the writer, who offered an often satirical view, has not been determined.

April 16, 1964

The government has done brought out that long advertised report on tobacco They’ve done so much talking about it in :he past few months that there warn’t much left to say.

As everybody already knowed - smoking’s bad for ye. My Grandpa told me that a long time ago when he said smoking would “stunt my growth,” leastwise I thought he was talking about tobacco even though I was using cornsilks at the time. Another thing I see that the report said that there’s more people with chronic bronchial trouble in the smoking crowd. That information was relatively new - I think it was my high school coach who told me that smoking would make me “short winded.”

This here cancer business is a mite scary though - them numbers is pretty impressive. I think what’s most impressive though is the number of “tobacco years” I have behind me. Might do like one feller I knowed - He said it wuz already too late for him, so there was no use of his stopping now!

I tell you, everybody has got so upset about all this it looks like Congress is going to legislate tobacco right out of the country. It’s gonna git downright sinful to have any smoking goods around your house anymore. It shore seems strange that Congress caint rely on the people’s judgment once they’ve been given the facts. Maybe we ought to get a judgment on tobacco from the supreme court - like we did on school prayer. I venture to say there’s still a few people praying.

Anyways, I don’t know about you, but I’m quittin!

Sincerely, John Dock.

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