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If you oppose the Indiana HOUSE ENROLLED ACT No. 1149 going into effect July 1st, 2012.
Do not buy any type of Lottery Ticket or Gamble at any Casino in the State of Indiana from July 1st through July 15.
Lets send a Message to the State of Indiana letting them know this Law going into effect violates The Constitutional Rights of Smokers for a product that is legally sold within the state.
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Smoking ban would overstep government's role:
We still live in America, don't we? That may seem like sarcasm, but honestly I am beginning to wonder what is happening to our personal freedoms and our liberty. With the upcoming vote on a citywide smoking ban or more correctly, a partial smoking ban, we as the Common Council are supposed to decide whether or not to take some of that freedom and liberty from the Americans living in South Bend.
First, I would like to thank the council members who have worked to put this information out to the public on the hazards of smoking.There is no question that smoking is bad for you, it leads to serious health problems and kills thousands of people every year.
It is a health hazard, but at the end of the day people have the right to choose how they want to live their own lives. Subsequently, business owners have the right to decide if they want people to smoke in their building. I have been told by the sponsors that this proposed ordinance is not for the patrons, but the workers. Government has many roles, but with this ordinance I feel we would step over the line of telling people how to live their lives. If someone takes a job in a smoking establishment that person is aware that he or she will be exposed to secondhand smoke. If the worker doesn't want to subject himself or herself to that hazard the person can choose not to work at that particular business. Getting the health information out to the public is one thing and I believe the sponsors did a fine job in that, as previously stated. However, in the end, peopleneedto make theirowndecisions. It is not the role of government to tell people they cannot do something in their own place of business that is legal.
Another problem I have with this ordinance is the exemptions for clubs and fraternities. We, as a council, should not pick and choose businesses and start off making exceptions to the rules, especially when we inherently know that the rule is unfair to begin with. We, as a council, need to stick to those issues that we were elected to govern over. This is a blatant attempt to overstep our boundaries and I am against it.
The famous economist Milton Friedman stated, "A major source of objection to a free economy is precisely that it ... gives people what they want instead of what a particular group thinks they ought to want. Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself." Friedman is 100 percent correct.
This is a personal choice made by adults who have the right to do so. I do not believe it is a city council's right to step over that line.
Derek Dieter is a South Bend Common Council member at-large.
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