On Thursday, December 8, 2005, at 08:46  AM, gemgram wrote:

And one wonders when the freedoms Mr. Driscoll enjoys will also be taken? What sins of the flesh that he enjoys will be outlawed? Perhaps reading and participating in Minneapolis issues?

On Thursday, December 8, 2005, at 09:46  AM, Michael Thompson wrote:

Smoking ban proponents are no different in their stance than staunch pro-lifers. Both want to take choices away.

Smoking is not a freedom per se, and smoking is not a choice for those who inhale second-hand smoke. Freedom is the unfettered ability to exercise choice as long as it does not harm others, (e.g. the old adage that we are not free to yell "fire" in a crowded theatre).

I don't see any objection at all to an adult smoking as much as he or she wants in a space that is not affecting other people.

Smoking bans protect the 80% majority of non-smokers from the unhealthy effects of second-hand smoke. Smoking in public places is that which takes choice away, not the other way around.

Best wishes,


Laura Waterman Wittstock
President and CEO
Wittstock & Associates
913 19th Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

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