The Thursday, Oct. 11, edition had three very interesting letters to the editor. Two of them, David Markgraf and Jimmy Wiki, were concise, to the point and without skewed statistics, just common sense without the outrageous "facts.” I do have a problem with Mr. Roller's comments and ask just three questions.
First, he states that he is writing to correct misinformation contained in David Marhgraf's letter. What information was incorrect? Secondly, he (Roller) states that "We know with absolute certainty that second hand smoke exposures" yada, yada, yada. Absolute implies without any doubt, perfect, without question. That is not true as there are other studies that dispute his contention. Of course, if they are contrary to what Mr. Roller wants to believe, they are flawed.
The most frightening aspect of his letter states "Recent findings show that unhealthy behaviors such as smoking contribute to the risk for Alzheimers…” So I ask, what other unhealthy behaviors are you suggesting and what will you and your cohorts go after next? Should we stop eating eggs (oh, sorry, they are now good for you in moderation), should we stop drinking red wine (oh, sorry, red wine in moderation is now good for you), should we eliminate coffee (oops, 3-5 cups of coffee are now good for you) or smoke less than two packs of cigarettes per day? I have said it before and I say it again. There is no absolute proof of anything that is "good" for you or "bad" for you. Moderation in anything is generally okay.
Michael R. Stilley