It’s Time To Speak Up…


Over the last few days I have spoken to my good friend Gary J. Artz about the CRA, Cigar Rights, and everything under the sun about cigar smoking, America and our rights in general. We have also spoken about the things that friends normally chat about. I respect his view on the CRA and I look forward to his next article on The Arzt of Cigars where he tackles the anonymous posting about the CRA that appeared on my site the other day.

Despite our differences on the CRA and a friendly debate on various issues concerning the group we both agree that it is the only game in town and they provide a voice for us when we cannot get an audience. I think that many people take my writings about the CRA as a call to boycott the group when that is not the case. I try to point out the things that are wrong and need to change. If people view the CRA as t-shirts and baseball caps, then there is something wrong. And while I might feel strongly about issues with the CRA I want to see them changed and for the group to flourish. It does bother me when people say I am a part of the problem because I challenge the CRA. Going with the status quo is what got us into this mess, and I refuse to let that be the case.

Gary also pointed me to the following advertisement from Litto Gomez and the words should ring loud and clear to cigar smokers around this great country of ours.

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If you have not yet done so, please sign the CRA/NYTA petition to stop the New York City proposed banning of smoking outdoors in city parks, beaches and pedestrian malls.

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  • Vince

    Petition signed days ago. Already was replied to by several city council members by email. Appears the cra petition network is fully active. Now their calls to action are easily executed and proven effective

  • Gary J. Arzt

    Thank you for the kind words, Barry. Different points of view are totally acceptable as long as we agree that we must have a solid front.

    I appreciate, as will Litto, you putting up the ad. It deserves to be as widely disseminated as possible.


  • Tom

    Barry – It is common that when we point out flaws or problems, a majority of people will label us as “Negative.” That is because they like being shielded from reality and live their lives in this pathetic happy place.

    You on the other hand, have thoughts and concerns. You publicly call out what you think is bullshit. I applaud that view on life, even if your opinion doesn’t always match mine.

  • TriMarkC

    I had not see Mr.Gomez’s ad previously. And he makes a great point! If we continue to just sit back and let the “nanny state” continue to slide down its slippery slope, we won’t be able to enjoy any of these things.

    Our challenge, in my opinion, is that the Nanny’s have learned; they saw what happened with Prohibition, and the backlash it entailed – and they lost. So now, the attack methods are small bites at a time, taking little liberties away, and usually tied to some bigger evil (e.g., cancer) or some bigger positive agenda (e.g., SCHIP). They are boiling this frog one incremental degree at a time.

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