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Letter: Strasburg is not giving citizens time to challenge smoking ban proposal


I'm writing because I think the council of Strasburg is unfair to citizens and I have no way to make a point other than to write to the paper.

The town sent out information of a change to the town smoking ordinance in the July water bill.

At the work session on Aug. 6, a ban on all smoking at the park to even include inside your vehicle was discussed. There will be a public hearing on Aug. 14 and probably a vote.

The reasons for this ban were littering and possible fire hazard on the playground.
Problem is, if littering is the problem then ban all water bottles, drink cups, fast food etc., because there is plenty of litter to go around.

Also, fire danger? There are plenty of places away from the mulch where people could partake in the legal activity of smoking, and no one was concerned about fire danger on July 4 when fireworks were shot up over the trees at the river.

Now, I am not for smoking. I hate it, in fact, but I don't think it is fair for the town to give only one opportunity for the citizens to speak before voting on this.

Only the allotted time of three minutes at the public hearing/council meeting will be given to citizens, and no presentations will be allowed on either side. This is a travesty of our system, whether you are for or against something you should be able to bring a case before the council ... not just be given a three-minute window. Citizens have not been given the appropriate time to even prepare an opposition or support of this.

At the meeting it was made clear that health reasons are not a factor in this decision, and the reasons given (litter and fire danger), in this citizen's opinion, do not hold up.

This council does not like smoking, so they are going to ban it. Plain and simple. Is this the town/country we live in where a legal activity can be banned simply because the council doesn't like it?


Kim Bishop, Strasburg


Ms. Bishop, I hate smoking too but you are correct. Reminds me of the queen from Alice in Wonderland: "off with your head!"

No chance to even plead your case, the decision has already been made! And if they can do it with this - they can do it with anything.

Do you think they have TOO MUCH time on their hands? What's next, chewing gum?

Just another type of nanny state action. Last chance tonight Kim for what ever it's worth.

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