Smoking Ban? Right Approach
March 02, 2004
I applaud Hunter's dedication to frequenting smoke-free establishments.
However, an ordinance to protect innocent citizens from offensive
and deadly secondhand smoke is far overdue. Smoking is a destroyer
of health, not just a nuisance. Laws are adopted constantly to
fit our evolving understanding of the world. Society takes cues
from our legal structure.
Hunter remarked, Do we really need more darn laws? This typical
attitude towards positive progress presents a vacuous argument.
The number of laws is as arbitrary as saying there are too many
notes in a piece of music. The number of notes is irrelevant;
the finished product is the key - editing is the difficult part.
Editing the governing laws of a people that progress and evolve
The dangers of this secondhand smoke problem are evident and
now require action. The democratic republic works for the people
by the people and has a duty to promote the general welfare of
Businesses such as restaurants are not health experts and are
not allowed to make-up the rules as they go along hiding under
the rights of business banner. Laws such as standards for food
preparation, sanitation guidelines, and hand washing represent
laws that we are thankful for. Secondhand smoke clearly damages
the health of those exposed and should placed under the same
legal scrutiny as hand washing or food preparation standards.
The only difference is that this will save many more lives than
hand washing. Letting everyone do whatever they want sounds like
a wonderful experiment in Utopian theory, but will ultimately
prove disastrous as health issues are left uncontrolled.
Put down your hammer and your carrot, let's just use common sense
and basic human decency.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
Smoking Ban? Wrong Approach by Hunter
Davis - Ketchikan, AK - USA
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