In een uitgebreid artikel in een krant in West Virginia werd deze week het portret geschilderd van Maryetta Ables, President van Forces West Virginia.
Maryetta verzet zich met hand en tand tegen een voorgesteld rookverbod in haar district en is daar erg succesvol in.
SHE USED to own a tobacco shop. She likes to smoke. She started when she was 13. At 51, she smokes a carton of hand-rolled menthols every week.
She says she’s a “go-getter.” She says she’s also “rude, obnoxious and straightforward.”
So when the Braxton County Board of Health adopted the most stringent smoking ban in the state, did you think Maryetta Ables was going to just sit back and let it happen?Not a chance.
With the passion of Norma Rae and the persistence of Erin Brockovich, she’s waging a vehement crusade to block a rigorous smoking ban scheduled to start Jan. 1.
She devotes about 40 hours each week to her cause. “I still cook and clean and take care of our livestock and do community service,” she said. “But this is the major focus in my life because it’s so wrong.”