Nonsmokers shouldn't rule over businesses

Letter to the editor

Posted: Sunday, April 25, 2004

So much controversy over this ban on smoking in public buildings. I can understand why nonsmokers would like to avoid smoke in the places they visit. What I don't understand is why these people want to force some bar owners and their patrons to submit to a government regulation that they are bitterly opposed to. Why not let this small segment of business continue to function the way they desire. No one is forcing employees to work in this type of environment. Jobs may be hard to come by, but I find it hard to believe there are no alternatives. Likewise, if a nonsmoker wants to go out for a drink without second-hand smoke, this is already possible in Juneau.

The idea that a small group can force their rules on private businesses is a dangerous one indeed.

Hal Vaughn

Auke Bay



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