City Councilor Steve Henderson agrees with the thrust of cartoon in RDR today. Back in 2004 public health was deemed a higher priority than whether private profit seeking concerns could pollute the air we breathe with their cigarette smoke.
Rather than be inspired by Dan Spivey’s ingenious green efforts to recycle contaminated water from oil wells, the citizens of Roswell have to worry about whether the “Smoke Free Air Act” will be partially overturned by allowing smoking patios at “private clubs”.
I have yet to determine how it is that a business can actually get the “private club” status allowing its patrons to smoke on their premises. Is it an application process with a fee where the proceeds go to the city? Henderson’s letter to the editor went into extreme detail regarding the deleterious, cancer causing properties of fags really going off about the harmful effects of second hand smoke liberated by tobacco sticks, but this writer never noted any commentary on what was required to be recognized as a legal “private club”. Hopefully the city will not make it too easy to be designated as a location where non-cigarette smokers will be forced to breath carcinogen filled air.
Please show up August 6th at the RMAC to express your opposition(to amendment Ordinance 15-11) to folks who contaminate the air we breathe with their suicidal habit.
Finally, I believe, the Liberty Club referenced in Keith Bell’s cartoon, advertises themselves as a non-profit private club supported by members promoting the performing arts. One can register for membership at Liberty,Inc online where Happy Hours and Girl’s Night Out appear to be some of the fund raising events at this not for profit private club located at 312 North Virginia. They have an event page advertising various musical performances where reservations are required at prices ranging from $20 to $40 per head.
The usage of the name Liberty here is a tad offensive for old timers. How many of us would think that a place that calls themselves Liberty,Inc would be a place for bored housewives to be entertained by sexy music making entertainers? Maybe the intended usage of the word liberty here is that paying patrons would have the liberty of smoking in public after paying their cover charge.
Unfortunately, the only power that non-smokers have here is to not give a not for profit Incorporation any of your money. Apparently, Liberty Inc feels there are enough smokers around to keep their boat floating.