Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Another Dictatorial Move in the Name of "Public Health"

The Virginia governor just passed a law banning smoking in all restaurants and bars, unless the smokers are sequestered in their own room with their own ventilation system (an expense most restaurant owners won't be willing to make).

Why? Restaurants and bars are not public property. The only people who go in them are those who choose to do so. If they want a non-smoking restaurant, find one whose owner, by his own free choice, makes it so. If you want to smoke in a bar, and can find one whose owner, by his own free choice, allows it, go ahead. The government is not our parent; we can choose to go to a smoking or non-smoking restaurant or bar, according to our preferences. And I don't want the government telling business owners that an activity, which is legal in other places, can't be allowed on their private property. I mean, obviously business owners don't have a choice as to whether or not to allow murder on their property, but smoking on private property is legal--well, apparently not anymore, but...

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