Smoking ban idea lighting fire in Clovis

Letters to the editor

I read with disbelief and anger about Clovis Mayor David Lansford’s proposal to ban smoking in public buildings, including restaurants in Clovis.
Shame on him!
I then read the editorial in Thursday’s paper and say, “Bravo. Bravo News Journal!”
It’s about time someone stood up and said enough is enough! If memory serves me correctly, the first country to ban tobacco, alcohol and firearms was run by a man named Adolph Hitler. Is Mayor Lansford sure he wants to follow in those footsteps?
We have become a nation of sheep. We sit back and let ourselves be led around by the government in more and more aspects of our lives every day, under the guise of “protecting” us from ourselves.
We take a seat each day on our government-mandated seatbelt, and position ourselves obediently behind our government-mandated exploding air bag.
And, on and on and on.
If Mayor Lansford is interested in the truth, he can go to a Web site called “forces.org” and read in their entirety extensive studies done by NASA, the World Health Organization and the Environmental Protection Agency, which refute this hysterical second-hand smoke propaganda.
And to reiterate the newspaper’s novel suggestion in the editorial — if an anti-smoker knows an establishment allows smoking, DON’T GO THERE!
If the people let this pass, what’s next? No more barbecue grills? The perfume police? The fat police?
Sound far-fetched? Believe me, in the direction we’re headed, it’s coming.

Glenda Bly
Farwell

Banning smoking benefits everyone
As a living example of what second-hand smoke does to a person, I fully support Mayor David Lansford’s effort to ban smoking in public establishments.
I have asthma as a result of a family member’s cigarette addiction. When someone who smokes, or has been around cigarettes, comes within 10 feet of me, I start to have allergic reactions.
Banning smoking in public establishments might inconvenience a few smokers, but it would certainly benefit everyone’s health — including the smokers who are so adamant about their habit.
Why should anyone be exposed to cigarette smoke as a result of going out to eat? Why should a business owner be forced to give in to “the right” of someone to enjoy their addiction? Why should waitresses and waiters be exposed to second-hand smoke as a result of making a living?
Smokers choose to risk their health; they do not have the right to risk everyone else’s health.
Some parents choose to ignore the damage that children incur from second-hand smoke. I notice the smoke-filled cars, the high chairs in the smoking section, the smell of cigarettes on children, and I know the consequences of second-hand smoke.
I also notice the billboard advertisements, commercials, posters, articles, and documentaries about the danger of cigarette smoke. Smokers may choose to ignore all of this, but they will not be able to ignore a ban on smoking in restaurants. That might be the only break from cigarettes some kids get.
I will never believe that cleaner air in any way is a disservice to the public.
Thank you, Mayor Lansford, and everyone else who is attempting to better Clovis.

Carol Dorazio
Clovis

Smoking not city’s biggest concern
I have smoked for most of my life and it seems to me that most places in this town do not allow smoking.
When I go to Wal-Mart and spend money, I’m not smoking! When I go to the mall and spend money, I’m not smoking. When I go to Shogun and spend money, I’m not smoking. When we go to Roden-Smith and spend money, we’re not smoking. When I stop at the newspaper to pay my bill, I’m not smoking. When I go to someone’s home and they don’t smoke, I don’t smoke. If someone comes to my house, they don’t have to smoke. If they want to complain about my smoking, they can do that and then leave!
If some manager of a restaurant can’t simply put a sign up in the front window, that seems to be their problem!!
I think Clovis needs to worry more about stray bullets and drunk drivers than second-hand smoke.

Joe Christopherson
Clovis