I've read and heard pros and cons about the smoking ban proposed in the Twin Cties that will affect restaurants, bars and other eating and drinking establishments. Friends you need to thank "home rule" for the final decisions that will made, whether to smoke or not to smoke in their local, privately-owned establishments. To have a handful of councilmen and councilwomen from Bloomington-Normal to make a decision for us living and paying taxes is a step forward in becoming a "police state."
I agree no one forces a nonsmoker to go into a establishment that allows smoking, So, if the ban on smoking is passed and businesses close for lack of patrons, where will the lost revenue come from? "Your right" raises property taxes, as if we are not taxed to death now. Owners of establishments, be on the lookout if smoking isn't a total ban. The city councils of Bloomington-Normal aren't beyond charging a special-use licenses of outrageous amounts to allow smoking in private establishments that allow smoking.
Smokers and others who agree with my options, please attend the meeting before the Bloomington City Council Feb.13 at 6:00 p.m. and express your views.
William J. Dodson