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Saturday, September 26, 2009 in My Opinions and Rantings (Views: 1775)
My sweet girlfriend and I disagree with parts of this post, but we had an interesting debate one night over the idea of government run business. I am not going to air the entire conversation, but it was thought provoking enough that I would like to share my view with others out here in cyberspace.

The topic revolved around smoking in bars and restaurants. This is an interesting topic, as I had the opportunity to chat up a couple of others, and it seems of the 4 total people I've spoken to, we all have one thing in common, our answers differ widely. Here is my perspective:

The Question: Why should the government control the practices of a private business as it applies to a legal activity? This, of course, is requiring all restaurants to be non-smoking.

Here is my take...

- First and foremost, I am not a smoker.

- Personally, I don't like the smell of tobacco in my food when I am trying to eat.

- I don't mind being around people who do smoke most of the time, as long as the smoke isn't in my face most of the time.

- Kissing a woman who smokes is like sucking on an ashtray. Okay, I've never PERSONALLY done this, but it seems if I did, this would be the equivalent result.

This is what I don't understand. Some people desire to smoke, but it seems a vast majority don't. As I said earlier, I like the smoke free restaurant, but why should government tell a private business what people can and cannot do inside their walls, if it's legal outside their walls? Of course, you would still have to be 18 to smoke inside, but assuming all the legal requirements are met, why should they tell a business owner how to run their business?

You would think this is a small thing, and the majority would be for making all restaurants non-smoking. However, there's a deeper evil at work. So, what would be next? Is it that appetizers high in fat cause people to get fat, so the government has to limit what food can be served? Maybe the parking spaces are too large, and they want less SUVs to be driven, so maybe every restaurant is only allowed so many spaces for larger vehicles. Laugh if you want, but 2 years ago, socialized medicine wasn't on the table. We laughed at Canada for having it.

I understand why smoking should be banned from places like government buildings. After all, we're forced to go to the DMV, however, we are not forced to go to Denny's.

One would think that we, the people, could govern ourselves and be reasonable. As consumers, if you don't like the smoke, don't go to that restaurant. Business owners could proudly advertise "Non-Smoking" restaurant, and perhaps the marketing will drive in new business.

Just some food for thought.


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