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Opening Arguments

Home rule, up in smoke

Our editorial today remarks on the inevitability (though not necessarily the desirability) of a statewide public smoking ban, because of rather than in spite of the 36 counties or communities that already have smoke-free ordinances of some kind:

But the ironic truth is that the more local smoking ordinances there are, the more likely there will eventually be a statewide ban.

[. . .]

The increase in local bans makes people more familiar with the concept and lessens opposition.

[. . .]

Local control” is still the best operating principle


tim zank
Tue, 11/18/2008 - 1:30pm

First the local nannies wear ya down, then the State nannies move in, and of course then the Fed's seal your fate permanently. I can't wait until I can just press a button and a representative of the government will appear just in time to wipe the feces from my arse.

I am elated the whole country will be protected eventually from any and all things deemed harmful and/or inconvenient.
I shudder to think what we would do without the guidance of "der state." My God, if not for them we'd still be driving around with out seatbelts buckled and flushing 3 gallon toilets and reading with non-toxic light bulbs.

Buckle up boys and girls, the ride you are about to experience is gonna be a bit bumpy until you just give up and lay down, which won't be long I'm sure.

Bob G.
Tue, 11/18/2008 - 8:43pm

Bumpy doesn't even BEGIN to describe it, Tim.

(I hear an AC/DC song in the distance)

"We're on a high-----way to hell"

Yeah, that's the one.
And where's the NEXT EXIT?