It seems there will be a some sort of smoking ban in the four Corners of PA, Allegany Count Erie County, Scranton, and Philadelphia. I am very surprised by the Scranton ban because from my perspective most people in NEPA smoked. Anyways a least we are not New York. For many reasons I am glad about this, today especially because they are banning trans-fat. I don’t know specifically what trans-fat is, but I probably just ate some for lunch.
No I’m not. In fact I can’t stand the stuff. I watched my grandmother die from leukemia because she smoked religously. So on a personal level no, I don’t like smoking.
My personal preference though doesn’t mean that the government should enforce that preference on others. There are several options for me if I want to avoid smoking when I eat or drink.
It irks me the Kyle Foust is using this issue to raise his profile for what I think will be a run for higher office sometime soon. It especially irks me that my tax money is going to go to a lawsuit to defend a ‘law’ clearly violates state law. Unless of course they can find a judge to become a legislator unto him or herself and declare that law null and void. Which irks me further that my tax dollars are going to subverting the democratic process.
Ben, are you a smoker?
I saw this shirt available for purchase.
It’s naturally targetted at nanny-staters… although that really doesn’t look like a cigarette… a tobacco one, anyway… or so I’ve heard.
Erie County governments rush to become the nannies to our children and citizens continues
Tuesday saw the Erie County Council taking the steps toward a smoking ban.
Last night the City Council passed a 10pm curfew on all minors under the age of 18.
Read this quote by advocate of the curfew Ed Dawson:
Ed Dawson, a member of a committee that developed the curfew guidelines for council, said too many children roam around at night with nothing to do — and those circumstances make it too easy for adults to tempt them with alcohol, marijuana or gambling.
I half expected the next line to read: Then Dawson broke into song reminiscent of The Music Man’s lead character Harold Hill’s admonition to the people of River City: “Oh, we got we got trouble my friends; right here, I say trouble, right here, in Erie City.”
Both City Council and County Council have better way to use their time and my tax dollars.
What the hell is going on in my county!
The City Council in Erie is trying to replace parents now with a 10pm curfew! 10pm? What’s next? Are we going to mandate bedtimes now too?
After reading today’s paper I have a headache!