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What Happened To Private Property Rights?
By Jennifer Betterton


July 13, 2007
Friday PM

I have been reading with interest all of the viewpoints on this site regarding a proposed smoking ban in all publicly accessed businesses such as restaurants and bars. Most of these businesses are privately owned not publicly owned.

What right does any government agency have to force a business owner to ban a legal enjoyment such as smoking? We the public have free choices. We can either go into these places or stay out of them. The business owner on the other hand has his or her property rights taken away by a government agency. Does a government agency have this right to infringe on their property rights? This is a main issue here.

Personally, I am a smoker and I just stay out of restaurants and bars that don't allow me to smoke. Easy, no problem. I don't buy into the paranoia that smoking is responsible for every illness known to man. I know that smoking is a bad habit but there are a lot of other bad habits that can cause inconvenience to others. How about drinking? Is it the next to go? Are we all destined to become politically correct and perfect robots? Just a thought.

Jennifer Betterton
Wrangell, AK

Received July 12, 2007 - Published July 13, 2007


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