Smoking decision brings steam |

Smoking decision brings steam

The front-page article of the Summit Daily News on Sept. 8, titled “Smoking question snubbed” turned my blood to steam. Scott Jackson, a concerned business owner, submitted the requisite number of petition signatures to the county commissioners about amending the county smoking ban before the ballot initiative cut-off date. In a manner I can only describe as fascistic, County Commissioner Bill Wallace said he wouldn’t put it on the ballot.His excuse is so blatantly obfuscational and lame it is laughable. He says, “We went through a six- to eight-month public process before putting that question on the ballot … The day before the deadline, we don’t have enough time to get public input and work with the towns. I’m not going to blindside the towns without having the discussion with them.”I don’t know who Wallace thinks the towns are – something other than the people perhaps? The whole reason for the ballot initiative, Mr. Wallace, is to give you input from the (“towns”) people of Summit County. The total number of ballot signatures for this amendment to allow smoking after 10 p.m. is almost equal to the number of people who voted for the ban.

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