Sunday, May 29, 2011

Councilman Pepper's Letter to St. Charles County Executive Ehlmann

fromJim Pepper,,,,,,
dateSun, May 29, 2011 at 4:25 PM
subjectAbsurb Smoking ban

I, cannot for the life of me, understand why there are those of you that wish to BAN smoking in PRIVATELY owned businesses! We do not live in a fascist state I hope.

Is it because it is the "in" thing for a small group of zealots to dictate to the rest of us what they feel is right for you?

Their premise is based on out and out lies supported with outlandish false reporting!

Where are the rights of business ownership when you are considering this onerous and draconian piece of legislation?
Where is the responsibility of patrons to make a choice as to which establishment they wish to enter?

What happened to the right of free assembly for peaceful purposes of like minded individuals?

If I wish to open an establishment, legally catering to a certain venue, invest my own money along with a lot of hard work to make it successful, where do you have the right to tell me I cannot do something?

If you wish to regulate somewhat, then address that, not banning it entirety.

Years ago, a government banned smoking and oppressively pushed vegetarianism as a means to change society. That government was Nazi Germany!

What would you do if you put out an open invitation to a get together at your home and someone arrived and proceeded to tell you what to do in your own home?

Common decency will not allow me to express fully what I would say or the physical action I would take.

Government should support local businesses, not restricting them or driving them out of business.

Get the "Nanny Staters" off our backs! PLEASE!!

Jim Pepper
Council Member Ward 2