OP-ED: Fight Back Against the Anti-Smoking Policy
By Gloria Almeida
I'm not a smoker. In fact, I very much dislike being around smokers when they light up. But give me a break! Does the City of Santa Barbara really have the right, to take away your RIGHT?
What are the folks going to do in-between AA meetings, or someone meeting another for coffee? And do they had the RIGHT to close down cigar shops where folks like to gather to taste and chat, with those alike?
I say to the city, SHOW ME THE DEED that you OWN the city. Post the legal paperwork required in the newspaper. Or show me the Permits for all Santa Barbaras "space".
And how in the world will this 'new way' be enforced. Smoking Patrol Officers handing out citations? How much would that 'ticket' be? Will it get to the point officers with start collecting butts from the street, then sending it out for its DNA? Sounds crazy right? BECAUSE IT IS!!!! Sorry beautiful Santa Barbara, but I think it just ain't gonna fly.