sit here contemplating our hobby nearly everyday. I smoke and think
about the relaxation it brings us. Then I think about those who
want to take it all away from us.
To my mind it started with seatbelts. "Seatbelts save lives."
Yes they do, and I wear mine rather religiously. But I don't need
the damn government sitting in the car with me, to tell me to buckle
up. But the state decided it wanted to go along for the ride. Now,
it seems like we can't get them out of the passenger seat.
Remember when smoking on campus was a given? My very first class
at UMass was in Psych101. I got an A in that class, and it had nothing
to do with studying. It just so happened that the prof and I smoked
the same Borkum Riff. Since I wasn't going to be a psych major (or
minor) he made me a deal.. Show up for class with Borkum and the
A is yours. Now the move is to forbid smoking on the entire campus.
The Indiana State University is already anticipating problems with
Then there are the workplace bans:
Madison (WQOW) - A statewide smoking ban is expected to become
law this week.
Governor Doyle says he'll sign the bill on Monday. He has three
different signing ceremonies scheduled in Milwaukee, Madison and
Green Bay. The new law will prohibit smoking in almost all workplaces
across the state, but won't take effect until July of 2010. Once
that happens, anyone caught smoking in a workplace could face a
fine of up to $250.
States are now trying to ban smoking in apartment buildings on
the grounds that second hand smoke reaches through the ceilings
of these buildings. In 2007, USA Today reported:
By Wendy Koch, USA TODAY
Lawmakers in two California cities are discussing unprecedented
legislation this month that would widen a growing voluntary movement
by landlords and resident associations to ban smoking inside apartments
Unbelievably, it's even happening in North Carolina. Tobacco capital
of the world.
On May 20, 2009.... Hey just read this from the Wall Street Journal:
WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- A bill giving the Food and Drug Administration
power to regulate tobacco products won approval from a key U.S.
Senate panel Wednesday, clearing the way for a full Senate vote.
Think of all the flavoring added to tobacco. Now think of them...gone.
Now they're getting into fat people... OOOPs sorry, Calorically
challenged people. What was once viewed as a sign of success is
now another excuse for governmental butt-in-ski-ship.
I'm viewed by our membership as very middle of the road.... OK,
I tend drive on the shoulder. But even to the most liberal of you
out there, aren't you getting a little tired of being told what
to do? Of being treated like misbehaving children by those people
who are supposed to work for you? Doesn't it tick you off just a