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March 03, 2005

Commentary

By Karl-Thomas Musselman

Just to say, Keep Austin Free is a bad choice for a name if you are group that is working against the Smoking Ban that will more than likely be on the ballot in May. Free of what? Not smoke, which is what I would think on first reaction, but Free in the terms of freedom, as in personal choice. A bit of a stretch, but whatever, it's not my website.

Can anyone verify their claim that The current ordinance has already caused The Filling Station to close down and caused Katz's to file bankruptcy. Maybe Katz's wouldn't be closed (haha, couldn't resist the pun even though bankrupt doesn't = closed) if Mr. Katz didn't charge so much or spend his time running for Mayor to get free advertising out of it.

Posted by Karl-Thomas Musselman at March 3, 2005 09:29 PM | TrackBack

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"I can't help it, I gotta tell ya... Katz's may have to close!"

Posted by: norbizness at March 3, 2005 09:55 PM

I hope they don't close our Katz's in Houston. I haven't been there yet!

I'm reflexively against any and all smoking bans except for places which are genuinely public, like the post office or schools.

Posted by: Jim D at March 4, 2005 07:59 AM

These smoking bans are ridiculous. The permit was bad enough, but when the anti-smoking activists realized that that wasn't a big enough hoop to jump through, (Imagine that. People might want to smoke a cigarette while they have a beer) they needed something bigger. If there's such a demand for non-smoking restaurants and bars, why don't a few of the bars ban smoking in their establishments? I'm sure their doors would be beat down.

Posted by: Drew at March 4, 2005 04:19 PM
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