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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor in Chief,

I was appalled to see an article published in the Spinnaker newspaper on page 6, “Make Your Own Tobacco Pipe.”  It was brought to my attention by a colleague who was just as appalled as I. She picked-up this issue when she was moving her son to Jacksonville to attend UNF for the Summer 2010 Term.

We are disappointed that the article was written supporting the legalization of marijuana in California. It continued by saying our Florida Legislators took two steps backward in proposing a ban on glass tobacco pipes and bongs. Who are you kidding? If people wanted to smoke tobacco they would purchase a cigarette or cigar. Do you think students are going to fabricate these aluminum can pipes and smoke tobacco in open places on campus?

Florida taxpayers are paying millions of dollars for medical care to treat people with breathing problems, cancers and drug treatment centers to save peoples lives. Smoking tobacco, marijuana usually is the “slippery slope” to moving onto other forms of addictive products and/or abusive behaviors. I’m sure with your expression of free speech you did not consider the potential harmful fumes and particles to be inhaled when you “light up” an aluminum can. There is a reason the packaging instructs users to keep the can within a certain temperature range.
D.A.R.E., legislative bills, Tobacco Cessation Programs, detox and rehabilitation Centers . . . are doing everything to counter attack your article which comes with a nice disclaimer “Editor’s Note: The Spinnaker is in no way suggesting that our readers use this information for any illegal activity.”

Maybe you will have an issue highlighting all the “good things” that come from smoking, chewing tobacco and other leafy vegetation. Include Internet pictures of the black lungs, people missing parts of their lower jaws, people on oxygen and what smoking does to a persons appearance over the years, and don’t forget the testimonials of people who started smoking which lead them to experimenting with other forms of addictive products.

As an alumni, I spent my time and money at your institution learning how to be a productive and positive influence in society, and you have the gall to publish something that can only be used as a detriment to our student body and their bodies.

I am dismayed that the editorial staff did not have the forethought of considering the readership of this newspaper and the irresponsibility of publishing this article. The comment on the last picture “It’s time to pack that bowl, ENJOY, make sure to recycle” is a total embarrassment. No one packs a bowl of tobacco and nowhere in the article does it mention tobacco. The article clearly implies the use of making a pipe to smoke marijuana.

In good health,
Jennifer J. Tempel
UNF alumna

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    CraigAug 29, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    That article was a disgrace not only to UNF but to the journalism profession itself. Its people like this that destroy the moral fabric of America, and the EIC should be truly ashamed. It is a shame a child is put in a professional position that can influence other students. Freedom of speech is one thing, but the condoning of illegal activity is ridiculous. I refuse to read the paper since the new EIC has taken over and after this article was published. Show some class. Chances are this comment will be deleted, due to unprofessionalism and ethics violations. Whats next, how to build a meth lab in your dorm room? I’m sure the editor will write some lowsy Editors Note for that too.

    Craig Stellar
    -Senior Nutrition Major

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    JimAug 21, 2010 at 2:49 pm


    Please consider that the readership of this paper consists of university-educated adults who are fully informed of the consequences of their choices and should be able to openly carry out those choices without the braying of the government or paranoid UNF alumni.

    Remember love, you are just as free to not participate.

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    JamesAug 18, 2010 at 11:16 pm


    If you do, in fact, follow Jennifer’s advice of listing the unhealthy consequences of smoking, can you also please write about the unhealthy consequences of the following subjects:

    alcohol, fast food, facebook, the internet, twitter, reading, listening to music, driving, breathing, swimming, running, working, lifting, exercising, sex(ing?), masturbating, pornography, relationships, marriage, school, children, traveling, shopping, just to name a few.

    Good luck on that article! (I am being facetious by the way).