CALL TO ACTION - Your Help Urgently
Proposed Bill to Increase Pipe Tobacco Tax by 775%
I hate to say it but I saw this coming. In an effort to
side step the high Roll Your Own taxes brought on the SCHIP bill,
RYO manufacturers have slightly changed the cut of their tobacco
and are now selling it as pipe tobacco. The result, another proposed
bill to increase the tax on pipe tobacco by 775%.
As far as I see it there are two groups fighting this fight, the
people who want to include cigarette smokers in the fight and
the group that want to show a clear difference between cigarette
smokers and pipe and cigar smokers. As much as I want freedom
for all, I generally fall into the second category, but after
this latest stunt by the RYO people there is no question where
I stand. We need to make people aware that smoking cigarettes
does not compare to smoking pipes and cigars. I don't have to
remind you that the majority of pipe and cigars smokers are not
addicted to nicotine. We can stay at work all day without having
the need to take a smoke break. If we go outside it's because
we want some fresh air or to take a walk.
So I'm asking you now to join in the fight. Don't just
think about, DO
IT. They have made it extremely easy this time by
having the letters already created for you but you can still add
your own comments. These will be sent off as emails to your state
representatives. BETTER YET, they have included an option
to have your letters printed and hand
delivered to your reps in Washington for a service charge
of $3 per letter. Letters work much better and as of
this writing 4,384 letters have already been sent.
your part, $9 is not much to ask and it's easy, safe and secure.
If you can't spend the money, at least send the emails, it's quick
Here is a link
to the information that was posted on the PipesMagazine.com
website. Please do your part and send the letters now.
want to send my letters now! Take me there!
Details of the January Meeting
first meeting of 2010 was another great one and an excellent way
to start the year. Our crowd at CB Perkins was a little smaller
this month but we had the good fortune to meet up with Michael,
another new prospective member of the club. Mike seemed to enjoy
himself and was a two time lucky winner in the raffle. He won a
tin of tobacco and a mini pipe shaped hookah that was donated as
a raffle prize. In a recent email Michael says... "I just
wanted to say thanks for great time at the SHPC meeting the other
night. I will definitely become a member and I hope to see you all
again at the next meeting. It was great, I had a lot of my questions
answered, saw a lot of great pipes (especially Tim's handmade stuff
WOW!) and a few myths dispelled as well. You have a great group
of guys and you're fighting the good fight so count me in. One last
question, in short order, how do I smoke this little hookah pipe
Mike, when you figure it out, you bring the pipe in and give us
DUES: Don't forget, if you haven't
paid your dues yet, it is due by the March meeting.
A Series on Pipe Smoking's Nostalgic Past
Member Ernie Whitenack has offered to write a series of articles
about the "better days"
of pipe smoking as remembered
by him. We hope you enjoy these stories and look forward to them
in future editions of the SHPC Gazette.
In his home, where my grandmother always had a good supply of
sugar cookies, was a sideboard upon which sat a large wooden bowl
that housed a half dozen or so stubby pipes and a couple of cobs.
Along side the bowl was a beautiful, Ivy pattern engraved jar
where, under the heavy glass stopper, his supply of dark tobacco
was kept. I had to stand on my tip-toes to see the arrangement
that rested on a linen table runner. I liked the way light was
refracted and reflected from the engraved glass causing multi-colored
spectral patterns on the wall behind.
Unlike Grandpa Baloney, my grandfather Joseph Newton Whitenack
had no talent regarding funny faces. Fact is, I don't know if
he had any talents other than that for hard work and a loving
His father owned an irrigation company and a plant for the manufacture
of irrigation tiles. As a young man they installed irrigation
systems throughout Illinois as well as many trips to the Southwest.
It was hard pick-and-shovel work. He enlisted in the Missouri
22 Infantry Regiment in 1881, at the time if the last Indian insurrection,
served in Colorado and Arizona and was discharged in 1886. [Read