St. Charles City Councilman Richard Veit says he doesn't want to threaten bars, but just wants "the tools available to deal with the worst actors." Councilman Veit sounds reasonable, but I worry when a politician wants a new "tool" to control the behavior of adults on private property. When the Columbia City Council had just enacted a smoking ban, a Columbia alderman assured me that the ban wouldn't be a big problem for bars since it would be enforced on a "complaint basis". Now I read that 16 businesses have gone under in Columbia due to the smoking ban and the overall restaurant trade has shrunk five percent due to the ban. St. Charles bars had best fight like hell to hang on to their freedom.
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Posted by Bill Hannegan at 12:52 PM