When John Cleveland last made decisions for the Maine people in the state Senate during the 1990s, he chose to punish the public with a sin tax — increasing the taxes on both cigarettes and alcohol, “for our own good.”

Flash forward to today: Cleveland voted to allow people on welfare to use their EBT cards to buy cigarettes and alcohol without penalty.

So with Cleveland’s logic, I deserve to be punished for using my own money to buy cigarettes and alcohol, but it is perfectly acceptable for somebody else to use my money to buy those same products.

I don’t think that is the kind of upside-down logic my community wants making decisions about our lives.

Dave Adams, Minot

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