Time to Enter the 21st Century (9/3/08)
It's hard to understand New Albany Mayor Doug England's veto of a city anti-smoking ordinance.
Here's an invitation to Mr. England -- and the New Albany City Council members who have meekly agreed not to try to override his veto: Please do your city a favor and join the rest of us here in the 21st century where the air is cleaner, people breathe easier and smoking is becoming more and more socially unacceptable.
After admitting smoking is harmful to smokers and non-smokers alike, England justified his veto by saying "part of our local economy and certain local groups thrive on the consumption of tobacco products." But we're talking about the medical well-being of an entire community vs. the economic concerns of a relative minority.
England says he'd have supported a compromise measure that would exempt certain kinds of businesses and organizations based on a variety of qualifications. But that's the failed path Louisville originally tried to take. And you saw how well that worked.
My guess is his decision had nothing to do with logic. It came as a result of a lack of courage, and that's where you come in. I suggest you call the mayor and your city council members and give them the courage to ban smoking. Give them permission to do the right thing.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.