Smoking a bigger risk due to virus

Dear editor: 

I think it is more important than ever before to spread awareness about the effects of smoking due to the ongoing virus affecting millions everywhere. The coronavirus largely affects the respiratory system, and you know what else largely affects the respiratory system? Smoking does.

You can imagine that smoking makes people more vulnerable to the virus’s effects. Smoking can affect how our lungs function and e-cigarettes contain aerosol, which in turn contains toxic substances that may increase the risk of cancer or cardiovascular or pulmonary disease. By compromising our lungs, smoking puts us at a risk for a severe case of the virus if we were to contract it. Not just people who smoke are at risk if they catch the virus, people who inhale second-hand smoke are at a high risk as well. Initially, 1.2 million deaths are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke.

If people, specifically children, who are exposed to second-hand smoke on a daily basis contract the coronavirus; they are vulnerable to the virus’s effects. These effects may result in more deaths, increasing that 1.2 million statistic. It is so important to ensure that the public is aware of the effects of smoking, especially now since a lot of people have turned to smoking to deal with the stress and anxiety caused by the state of the world. That being said, if you or someone you know wants to quit, call: 1-833-283-WELL. Again, that’s 1-833-283-9355.


-Christina Morris

Huntsville High School

Dinosaur family

Dear editor: 

Words of thanks to the folks south of Huntsville on Highway 23 who have apparently adopted a dinosaur family.  Dinos are interesting creatures; there’s a lot to be learned from them.

This is a family of four and by their apparel and actions I’d guess they are a mother, father, sister and brother.  About monthly they celebrate seasons and holidays with costume and clothing appropriate for the occasion.  If you’ve not seen them, consider driving a mile or two south of town to check them out.  Kyler, my grandson and I always observe them as we drive by, sometimes pulling over to study them more closely.  Ky loves them.  How could you not?

The word holiday is probably adapted from holy day, since not all holidays are holy days.  The dinos closed out last year with Christmas, an obvious Holy Day.  They disappeared for weeks and I feared they had returned to extinction.  They reappeared for Valentine’s Day which celebrates Love.  Were this practiced by everyone everyday Valentine’s Day would qualify as a Holy Day.

They dressed for St. Patrick’s Day, Patrick being the guy known for driving snakes from Ireland.  He’d be useful now as there are numerous snakes loose in the nation; including the self-anointed King snake who is in reality a Copperhead.                                                                                                                                   

Easter, which celebrates rebirth and rising beyond death, found the four hiding some traditional dinosaur eggs.  Yet in doing so they seemed to practice physical distancing, each separated from the others.  Possibly this was an instinctive survival reaction to our present Covid-19 situation.  One can live for the future but life is in the present.

Appropriately, the Dinos came closely together as a family in appreciation of Mother’s Day.  Without mothers none of us would be.  Thanks Moms.

When last observed the group was unadorned, once again physically distanced.  To me they had the nature of a roadside warning sign.

There’s a lot to be learned from dinosaurs.  First and foremost, that they went extinct.  So could humans.

-Jim Frey


* In error, only a portion of this letter published in last week’s edition. Our sincere apologies to Mr. Frey.