Some Black Friday shoppers guarding their wallets

Mark Barrett * MBarrett@CITIZEN-TIMES.com * published November 29, 2008 12:15 am Comments on Topix forums : ASHEVILLE Area stores were bustling Friday, but there were signs that the sour economy might be ... Full Story
Ronald Frobnitz

United States

#1 Nov 29, 2008
I turned into South Tunnel Road and found the right lane clear all the way to Books-A-Million while the left lane was in gridlock with fools going to the mall. When I finished my coffee and shopping at BAM I again found the right lane clear to Tunnel Road and headed east with almost no traffic. I have been doing this for several years on Black Friday and feel good about beginning the winter holidays in a way that avoids the mob over in the other lane. Doing your shopping with the civilized people who go to book stores keeps you in a good mood. Seasons Greetings to all.
Tim

Buffalo, NY

#2 Nov 29, 2008
Black firday was either very slow or they had way to many door busters. Went to best buy around 8pm last night and they still had loads and loads of there door busters
StoneJockBailer

Hendersonville, NC

#3 Nov 29, 2008
Tobacco use kills more than 11,000 people in North Carolina each year, yet tobacco is one of the least regulated products on the market. Tobacco products are exempt from basic requirements with which even pet food manufacturers must comply.

Tobacco regulation by the FDA would be funded by the tobacco industry. There would be no impact on the funding or burden of work associated with the FDA's other important activities.

The FDA wants $300 million per year to conduct tobacco oversight. The tobacco industry spends less than $300 million in eight days -- and $13 billion each year -- on marketing alone. Considering the $96 billion toll tobacco exerts on taxpayers each year in health care and other costs,$300 million is a reasonable sum.

But the real issue is public health. It is absurd that such a dangerous product is virtually unregulated. With the authority to regulate tobacco products, the FDA could crack down on tobacco marketing and sales to kids, require the disclosure of the contents of tobacco products and demand the removal of dangerous chemicals like arsenic and formaldehyde.

Let's end special protection for the tobacco industry and grant the FDA the authority to act in the public interest.
Jackson Girl

United States

#4 Nov 29, 2008
I was out this morning and traffic was lighter than usual for a Saturday, especially a Saturday when the holiday season is here.
Tim

Buffalo, NY

#5 Nov 29, 2008
StoneJockBailer wrote:
Tobacco use kills more than 11,000 people in North Carolina each year, yet tobacco is one of the least regulated products on the market. Tobacco products are exempt from basic requirements with which even pet food manufacturers must comply.
Tobacco regulation by the FDA would be funded by the tobacco industry. There would be no impact on the funding or burden of work associated with the FDA's other important activities.
The FDA wants $300 million per year to conduct tobacco oversight. The tobacco industry spends less than $300 million in eight days -- and $13 billion each year -- on marketing alone. Considering the $96 billion toll tobacco exerts on taxpayers each year in health care and other costs,$300 million is a reasonable sum.
But the real issue is public health. It is absurd that such a dangerous product is virtually unregulated. With the authority to regulate tobacco products, the FDA could crack down on tobacco marketing and sales to kids, require the disclosure of the contents of tobacco products and demand the removal of dangerous chemicals like arsenic and formaldehyde.
Let's end special protection for the tobacco industry and grant the FDA the authority to act in the public interest.
Sure as soon as you go after the Alcohol industry, fast food and any other thing that kills people. This country is already smoke nazi as is. You can go anywere without getting a public flogging for smoking. They already took them off the tv, yet there is alcohol distros pulging away making it look cool to drink. Drunk drivers killing families by the truck loads. Atleast smokers mainly kill themselves. Alcohol kills anyone in its path.

Btw take your soapbox and piss off you in the wrong topic anyways
Suck It Trebek

United States

#6 Nov 29, 2008
How did holiday shopping and the Tobacco industry end up in the same conversation?
common sense anti liberal

Weaverville, NC

#7 Nov 29, 2008
If they wanted to guard their wallets they wouldn't have sent the Democrats back to Raligh or the White (crack) House.
Tim

Hendersonville, NC

#8 Nov 29, 2008
TimJockBailer wrote:
Tobacco use kills more than 11,000 people in North Carolina each year, yet tobacco is one of the least regulated products on the market. Tobacco products are exempt from basic requirements with which even pet food manufacturers must comply.
Tobacco regulation by the FDA would be funded by the tobacco industry. There would be no impact on the funding or burden of work associated with the FDA's other important activities.
The FDA wants $300 million per year to conduct tobacco oversight. The tobacco industry spends less than $300 million in eight days -- and $13 billion each year -- on marketing alone. Considering the $96 billion toll tobacco exerts on taxpayers each year in health care and other costs,$300 million is a reasonable sum.
But the real issue is public health. It is absurd that such a dangerous product is virtually unregulated. With the authority to regulate tobacco products, the FDA could crack down on tobacco marketing and sales to kids, require the disclosure of the contents of tobacco products and demand the removal of dangerous chemicals like arsenic and formaldehyde.
Let's end special protection for the tobacco industry and grant the FDA the authority to act in the public interest.
Sure as soon as you go after the Alcohol industry, fast food and any other thing that kills people. This country is already smoke nazi as is. You can go anywere without getting a public flogging for smoking. They already took them off the tv, yet there is alcohol distros pulging away making it look cool to drink. Drunk drivers killing families by the truck loads. Atleast smokers mainly kill themselves. Alcohol kills anyone in its path.

Btw take your soapbox and pizza off you in the wrong slopic anyways

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