Glaringly Apparent About Smoking Ban

(01/14/2005)

Dear Editor,

I attended the meeting in Arnoldsburg on Monday night. After reflecting on everything that was said, this is what I found glaringly apparent.

The pro-smoking-ban people gave basically all the reasons why they think that people should not smoke AT ALL. Good. I agree.

But the trouble is, this is only a preference.

Opinions. That is all. They did not address the real issue, but rather, they diligently avoided it.

People DO smoke, and no amount of opinions will change that.

For or against, the greater truth to all of this is that the smoking ban is blatant discrimination, against smokers and restaurant owners. Period.

Opinion is opinion. I don't like cigarettes, cheap perfume, air pollution from cars and trucks, greasy food, water pollution from factories and mining, mind pollution from propaganda and brainwashing, and on and on and on....

Shall we ban all those things too?

This smoking ban is far too much like legislating morality.

THE CURRENT SMOKING RULES ARE FAIR TO EVERYONE. The proposed new ones are NOT. Period.

How many hundreds of years do you suppose that tobacco use has been an acceptable tradition? This is nothing more than a designer law, which benefits only a few hard nosed individuals who think everyone elses lives should be run just to please them!

Do you really think that the majority of people want their lives controlled that much by these so-called "leaders"? I'm callig them leaders only because in the end, they will get their way, I'm willing to bet money on it.

Patsy Buvoltz