Individuals for Freedom in Georgia
A group to discuss the actions needed to keep Georgia legislators and Georgia regional politicians from passing bans on our property and individual rights. The recent bill to ban property rights by not allowing business owners to let customers or employees smoke on their private property is unconsionable.
Comparing Excise Taxes on Cigarettes, Beer and Wine
Georgia Smokers’ Contributions
Georgia smokers comprise only 23.7%1 of the adult population in the state. Here is what they already pay because they choose to buy a legal product:
Smokers’ Economic/Tax Profile 2001
31% of GA smokers had household income LESS than $25,000
16% of GA smokers had household income EQUAL to or GREATER THAN $75,000
The impact of smoker payments on the incomes of working families was more than THREE TIMES the impact on higher income smokers. Those who can afford it least pay a disproportionate percentage of their hard-earned income in smoker payments.
Georgia Smoker Facts 5
CIGARETTES DON’T PAY TAXES –
GEORGIA SMOKERS DO!!
1 Centers for Disease Control’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2001
$581,023,671 has been paid to Georgia since the Master Settlement Agreement was signed on November 23, 1998.
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Ga. Waffle House Hosts Funeral for Patron
June 13, 2003JEFFERSON, Ga.
The place Lawrence “Tuna” Clark called his “office” – the Waffle House on Highway 129 – became the site of his funeral as waitresses, cooks and customers remembered the good deeds the longtime regular did for them.
Clark, who died June 6 after a long illness, ate at the restaurant at least once a day and befriended many of the restaurant’s employees, who called him “the Waffle House taxi service” because he drove them to work when they had no transportation.
“We wouldn’t have jobs without him. Where would our kids be without him?” asked Belinda Cole, who attended Thursday’s funeral.
Clark’s jacket was slung over his favorite chair, and black coffee, milk and cigarettes sat side by side on the counter, the way he always placed them.
The 67-year-old bachelor’s ashes were placed on the hood of a Chevrolet parked in his favorite parking space. Large boards displaying family photos were covered with funeral wreaths and loose flowers.
Clark’s niece Joyce Bicksler said that in his last days, he told her he wanted to be memorialized at the restaurant.
“He wanted people to remember him as he was. He didn’t want to be in a casket,” Bicksler said. “He wanted to be here.”
Waitress Terri Treadaway said Clark drove her to the Waffle House every day for three months when her car was broken.
He was known for ordering scrambled eggs on lightly toasted bread, but he would eat just about anything on the menu.
Clark also was known at several other Waffle Houses, in part because he continued to help employees after they got transferred or moved.
“You could go from Braselton to the South Carolina line, and people in Waffle House will know him,” Treadaway said.
Waffle House Vice President Pat Warner said Thursday’s restaurant funeral was the first he had heard of.