In a long editorial on his Sierra Madre News Net Site, the President of Sierra Madre's Chamber of Commerce Bill Coburn has now come out against smoking restrictions in the downtown area.
Two rather dubious claims that I found interesting:
- "I am not aware of any studies that state that people sitting at tables that are usually several feet from each other at occasional visits to places where smoking is allowed outdoors have suffered health-wise for having done so." (Obviously Bill has made his decision sans any research whatsover. Second hand smoke is a proven and leading cause of lung cancer. Why is it so many people on this site know that, but Bill doesn't? Should we send him off for a tutorial at City of Hope?)
- "... it should be possible to live and let live, as has been Sierra Madre's behavior for more than one hundred years, without legislating our neighbors and friends behavior." (So public outdoor drinking, gunslinging, gambling, prostitution, cock fights, public nudity, drug consumption, these are all behaviors that have never been legislated upon here? Wow. Could be quite a wild weekend coming up! A regular old Wild West extravaganza. Anybody told our Police Department yet? Is Judge Roy Bean in town?)
There's a lot more. You can access the entire statement here. Feel free to comment after reading and proper pondering.