|By Gaylen Duskey |
I don't smoke. I think it is a low and disgusting habit. As a matter of fact
I would not care if everyone on earth stopped smoking tomorrow and all the
tobacco companies went out of business.
That said, the thought of someone smoking is not near as repulsive and
frightening as the plan the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department has come up
If the plan is to go into effect many people and businesses will lose a
valuable right - the right of freedom of choice.
The plan of Big Brother, er, the Calhoun Board of Health through the
auspices of the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department, is to make it illegal to
smoke, or allow smoking, in any restaurant. The restaurant and its smoking
customers are threatened with fines ranging from $200 to $1,000.
This is all being done, board member Jennifer Cox was quoted as saying, "for
Why does it seem that every time some governmental agency or some simpering
namby-pamby activists wants to change the way people live the first thing
they say is "its for the children?"
Probably because they are afraid to state the real reason for their action
or they are too afraid to approach the situation with the honesty it needs
In this case instead of backing into setting up what certainly appears to be
a very, very illegal law, why don't the proponents of the measure have the
intestinal fortitude to do what they wish? Why don't they simply seek to
make tobacco illegal? That's what they want, but they know they can not
achieve their goals by honesty so they seek to do it by going through the
back door with laws like the one they are attempting to foist - illegally -
onto the citizenry.
The frightening thing is that this action reeks of the actions of communist
dictators or Third World tin horn dictators. They seek, basically, to
"nationalize" a private establishment such as a restaurant. By
"nationalizing" it they take the ownership and control of the business from
the private citizen and put it under control of the government.
To allow such "nationalization" would not be a good idea no matter how good
the intentions because the loss of freedom certainly outweighs the danger of
second hand smoke.
The good folks attempting to take over our rights has set up some public
forums, including one at the Arnoldsburg Community Building this coming
Monday from 6-8 p.m. You can speak - two whole minutes - if you sign up in
Two whole minutes to defend your freedom? That's a joke, right?
For those that don't think this proposed law is dangerous let's carry it out
a little further.
When will they go next door from the Koffee Kup to Bim's Barber Shop and
tell the folks there to put out their cigarettes? Or when will they feel
that you no longer have the right to smoke in your car? Or your house?
No, this is not a matter to be taken lightly even by non-smokers such as I.
The law is the first step down a slippery and dangerous path and it ought to
be stopped right now.
I don't smoke. When I go into the Koffee Kup I make an immediate right hand
turn to the No Smoking section because I have the choice not to go into the
Smoking Section. If this illegal idea becomes law then I, as a non-smoker,
would no longer have a choice.
Folks, this is a real bad idea. This is Big Brother trying to insert itself
into places it should not be. I urge you to go to Arnoldsburg Monday night .
and if they try to cut you off too quickly, then simply light up.