Skip to comments.Ohio woman, 89, chooses moving over quitting smoking
Posted on 04/22/2014 8:57:29 AM PDT by Drango
MILFORD, Ohio - An 89-year-old southwest Ohio woman is preparing to move out of her home of the last 10 years because it has gone smoke-free.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Beulah "Billie" Toombs faces eviction after being deemed non-compliant by her apartment building's management. A smoker for seven decades or so, she thinks she should be allowed to do what she wants in her own home.
But more than a year ago, the management of the apartments for low-income seniors announced a smoke-free policy. Residents already there were allowed one year of smoking with some conditions. When the smoke-free policy kicked in this year, neighbors reported Toombs' smoking, and a regular apartment inspection this month found cigarette butts and ashtrays in her unit.
So Toombs is looking for a new home.
Why is it poor people get tax funded rent subsidies when they can afford to buy smokes?
Doesn’t she realize that smoking will shorten her life?
Ja! Er ist der Sieg!
The fact is, poor people sucking on the government teat are also sucking on cigarettes. Clearly they have disposable income to spend on cigarettes....the rhetorical question is why aren’t they putting those dollars to use on housing?
You sound like a lib smoke Nazi.
Then BUY one. It is her dwelling, but not HER home until she owns it.
You sound like an addict that pimps death and addiction.
Quite correct. If you have enough money you can do what ever you want. If not, you do what those with money will allow you to do.
Ah, the shoe fits, it quacks like a duck.
His liberal fascism.
An old man once told me “If someone gives you money they’re going to tell you how to spend it.” In this case, they’re telling her “Take our rent subsidies and live under our rules.” That’s just the way it is.
It's not her home. It belongs to someone else and she entered into a legal agreement to lease space from them. If she can't abide by the agreement then she should find somewhere else.
“The fact is, poor people sucking on the government teat are also sucking on cigarettes. Clearly they have disposable income to spend on cigarettes...the rhetorical question is why arent they putting those dollars to use on housing?”
That he is fine with the government micromanaging how one spends their money.
If not smokes, then maybe mandated vitamins, or fruits and veggies, no meat, no sugar, no cigs, no beer.
Intellectual consistency is not one of Free Republic’s strong suits. If she were Black and using food stamps to purchase lobster, people would understand your point.
It’s amazing what passes for news these days.
1. Apartment complex posts new rules, gives 1-year to comply.
2. Woman who lived there for 10-years doesn’t want to comply so she moves.
The government gets 2/3rd of the price right back in taxes.
Please, half the dealers in the country live in public housing or get subsidies to help with their rent. No one would dare throw them or their customers out because an inspector verified that the hair of the occupants constantly reeks of pot.
The Fedz run a campaign to demonize a group and even people who should know better hop on the bandwagon. It's all a matter of which people it's popular to vilify at the moment and this lady is among those the government says it's Ok to tar and feather.
“..she thinks she should be allowed to do what she wants in her own home.”
It’s an apartment! She will never own it (except maybe out here in San Francisco where people over 60 cannot be forced out of a rental property except for non-payment of the rent).
What I can't seem to stop are sales robo calls on my “unlisted” house phone so I turned it down so I can't hear it. They call and leave no message and there is one who is looking for someone I never heard of so they just want you to answer. Very few people have my cell number. Hopefully, sales people won't figure out how to mess with our cell phones. Phones are an intrusion on our privacy.
Mark Twain thought the same about mail. He never opened his mail. He said if it was important, someone would come see him about it and if it was unimportant, it wasn't worth opening anyway. I wonder what his attitude would be today with all the outside methods today wanting to contact us for nothing important.
Why are you so pathologically obsessed with smokers? You frighten me dude.......
Hardly. If you can afford to buy cigs while using my tax dollars to subsidize your living quarters, then you don't need as many of my tax dollars to subsidize your living quarters.
:: When the smoke-free policy kicked in this year, neighbors reported Toombs’ smoking ::
I love the sight of a good apparatchik in the morning! Dosvedanya, comrade!
Same reason drug users get an EBT card.
He’s always been this way on FR. One trick pony.
she probably smokes 2-5 cigs a day. theyre something like 25 cents each in Ohio
drop in the bucket compared to housing costs
She’s been smoking for 68 years & her lung feels great!
Very sad that she is so addicted to nicotine.
An 89 year old smoker, who has smoked for 70 years ... I wouldn’t quit either ...
Seriously she is 89 & in this particular case she did not suffer any fatal adverse consequences - To a smoker there is pleasure in smoking. What would be the point in her quiting now. She could cut a 1/2 second of her time in the 40. LOL
I guess at 89 she can make up her own mind then.
>> Intellectual consistency is not one of Free Republics strong suits.
>> people would understand your point.
That’s a generous but casuistic remark concerning Drango’s perspective.
Reminds me of an interview of George Burns who was in his late 90’s at the time:
“Is it true that you smoke eight to ten cigars a day?”
“Is it true that you drink five martinis a day?”
“Is it true that you still surround yourself with beautiful young women?”
“What do your doctor’s say about all of this?”
“I don’t know .. they’re all dead.”
I know, but I finally had to say something......
“HAHAHAHA. What planet has this woman been living on?”
The unbearable one that toxic liberals, and their followers have made.
I just feel sorry for people who are addicted to any substance. Very sad.
I think it has something to do with helping them vote Democrat.
The same toxic liberals who gave her the taxpayer subsidized HUD apartment? She can solve her problem by ceasing to be a taker and finding housing on the free market, which is the path she’s apparently chosen.
Yet the is a group of FReepers that believe 'cause they share her addiction, it's perfectly OK with them that she spend $5,000 a year on elective smokes while the taxpayers subsides her rent.