Feb 17, 2005 – Letter to the Editor


Below is the text from a Letter to the Editor from Jeremy Ryan, Chair of
Burlington Libertarian Town Committee

(Note: When the letter was written, the City council nearly passed the ban
unanimously on Feb. 7th)


Regarding the smoking-ban extension to private
clubs: Several of us
citizens at the last council meeting were shocked at the
speedy
decision to ban smoking in private clubs. The smoking ban is
an
offensive intrusion of property rights — it’s un-American,
it’s
unconstitutional. A private club is just that, “private.”
When
members are OK with smoking, can’t it be their choice? Can’t
the
smokers have some bars? No. After the decision, we informed one of
the
private clubs affected. They were disgusted to hear that the
council would
decide their fate without inviting them to discuss it
and voice their
opinion. Some members even didn’t believe the city
could do this to
them.

Whether you’re a smoker or not, a member of a private club or
not,
we as citizens of this great country must ensure that
everyone’s
rights are protected to ensure that our own will be protected.
Some
councilors and the mayor will argue it’s a matter of “public
health.”
They are trying to create a “nanny state,” which protects us
from
ourselves. We are increasingly prisoners of a hospital-like
state.
There are a million things you can do to save more lives. We
can
outlaw Big Macs if you want. Maybe that’s next. Lawyers have
already
sued McDonald’s for “causing” obesity.

I urge the private
clubs to fight it any way they can and I suggest
the City Council do the
“honorable” thing and reverse this
unconstitutional ban that destroys the
very essence of our freedoms.
Leave these choices to the property owners,
business owners and
patrons.

JEREMY RYAN
Burlington
The writer
is Burlington Libertarian Party chairman.

~*~ Vice Chair’s Side
Note:
For more information about the ban, please visit:
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