MICHAEL SIEGEL is to be commended for knowing when a cause oversteps the boundaries of everyone's rights ("Butt Out: With bans in parks and other outdoor areas, has the anti-smoking movement gone too far?" Jan. 14).

We seem to be moving closer to George Orwell's "Animal Farm" and "1984." There are signs on the freeway asking us to report drunken drivers; children are encouraged to call the police if they are punished by their parents.

Yet there are so many stories of children who desperately need protection that fall through the cracks in our system.

Children in normal homes are given much more than any generation before, and are indulged beyond belief. Yet these same parents are to be fined, jailed, or both if they expect the children to be accountable for their actions in whatever way a parent chooses.

Harming their children is not something most parents would think of doing without a watchdog group to see to this.

I am amazed that George Orwell was so farsighted that he could see how we could be convinced that something or someone was harmful to us as, in "Animal Farm." Gambling was prohibited; smoking was allowed almost everywhere, and now it has been decided that gambling should be allowed just about everywhere, and tobacco and the evil cigarette makers should pay enormous amounts of money for a habit that the government condoned and from which it profited.


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I WANT TO take this opportunity to humbly thank all those one-on-one chats, phone calls, e-mails, and letters that I received while the Zermeno column was being run in this newspaper every Wednesday. Man, almost three years, and, let me tell you, did I love it!

I really appreciated your thoughts, ideas and kudos. Heck, even the hate mail was a blast! One out of 10 comments received by me were on the negative side. I guess a nerve was hit here and there.

Unfortunately, I was told that the company was going in a new direction in regard to local columnists, and The Daily Review would no longer publish the Z Column.

Bummer, but that is life, and I adapt to what it gives me.

However, I also do want to thank The Daily Review for having allowed me the opportunity to share some thoughts with you.

I am still reading and writing as if there were no tomorrow — aside from eating, Spiderman, teaching, and tequila, they are two of my favorite hobbies. And, let me tell you, there is still so much more to be said about Latinos, Latino culture and Latinism in the United States.

I encourage you to read and be informed about the USALatino, an important component of this country, and one that will help it be strong and vibrant in the global community.

While I did not receive the $10 million from a publishing company that Bill Clinton did for his upcoming memoirs, Floricanto Press did approach me about publishing my columns in book form, tentatively titled "Cafe Chronicles." Look for it soon.

Francisco Zermeno

Hayward

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