Monday, September 11, 2006

The Upcoming Smoking Ban In Springfield

Next Sunday will be the first day of the new smoking ban here in Springfield. This ban affects mainly restraunts and taverns. I still think that there might be some groundswell for a petitioning drive to waterdown the ban to exclude bars and small restraunts. The restraunt I work for, Cracker Barrel, won't lose much from this ban because our non-smoking section is so miniscule that most people won't remember we ever had a smoking section. There is no doubt in my mind that there will be a decline in restraunts and bars (especially those small Mom and Pop ones) in Springfield in the next couple of years due to this ban. It was not a good idea in the first place. A business is private property and the government does not have the right to force restrictions on the business. I still think Mr. Kelty, who owns and operates Sammy's Sports Bar and Grill in downtown Springfield and a vocal opponent of the smoking ban, should run for Mayor and give Mayor Davlin a run for his money. I would support him in a heartbeat. So, when you can't enjoy yer burger with a smoke anymore at your favorite establishment blame those Alderman who voted for the smoking ban. Also, contact your friendly local anti-smoking Nazis, since they think they know what is best for YOU! If you are for the rights of businesses to determine what is best for their business and let the free-market handle these situations, DO NOT let your county or town pass a smoking ban!