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Legalize loosies

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Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

There is more to “Don’t let one tragic death impede law enforcement” (Editorial, July 24). Blame the economy for forcing Eric Garner, like thousands of other out of work New Yorkers, to sell street corner cigarettes known as “loosies,” 2 for $1 to make ends meet. Excessive taxes on cigarettes has resulted in a growing market for those in poor neighborhoods to purchase cigarettes one or two at a time.

Citizens have more to fear from murder, arson, rape, muggings, robberies and auto and identity theft or home break-ins than individuals who sell loosies.

Law enforcement authorities should pursue those who commit real crimes against citizens and property rather than enforcing insane laws outlawing the sale of individual cigarettes.

Larry Penner
Great Neck, LI

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