Thursday, February 05, 2009

He Probably Won't Even Miss Them

Just yesterday, I was invited to join a new friend at the Palm in Tysons for a light lunch and a cigar.

So much for that.

Virginia's Republican House Speaker Bill Howell announces that he's reached a "compromise" regarding a restaurant smoking ban. According to his press release:
The legislation would prohibit smoking in restaurants throughout Virginia, allowing several exceptions. The exceptions include restaurants with a designated smoking room that is physically separated and independently ventilated from non-smoking dining areas, any permanent outdoor patio area of a restaurant, any portion of a restaurant that is used exclusively for private functions, any private club as well as street-side “hotdog” stands and other mobile points of food service.
Tell me: how does telling businessmen how to best serve their customers constitute a "compromise"? For this we elected Republicans?

If only Republicans and Democrats were as interested in regulating the conduct of people who leech off of the rest of us as they are in regulating tax producers, the law-abiding, and users of legal products.

Perhaps our estimable Speaker will miss his testicles. Of course, that presumes that he ever had any, a fact not in evidence.


Kurt said...

I thought you are pro life Mr. Young? The VA legislation is about saving lives!

Kurt D

Cigarette smoking accounts for at least 30% of all cancer deaths.

Secondhand smoke causes almost 50,000 deaths in adult nonsmokers in the United States each year, including approximately 3,400 from lung cancer and 22,700-69,600 from heart disease.

Feb. 7, 2008 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) today warned that 1 billion people worldwide could die of tobacco-related causes this century unless "urgent action" is taken.

The WHO's report includes these global statistics on tobacco deaths:

100 million people died of tobacco-related causes during the 20th century.

Tobacco currently kills 5.4 million people per year.

Tobacco use makes six of the world's eight leading causes of death more likely.

James Young said...

No, Kurt, it's about controlling people's lives. To paraphrase William F. Buckley, Jr., you post demonstrates that, sadly, junk thought and junk science remain as popoular as junk food. And the so-called "research" on second-hand smoke was debunked years ago.