Unbelievably, Summit County just voted on Question 1B to give up a right | SummitDaily.com

Unbelievably, Summit County just voted on Question 1B to give up a right

Howard Ehrenberg, Breckenridge

I can’t believe that Summit County voters have voted to give up our rights.

The smoking ban,1B, which passed resoundingly, is really a retreat from our civil liberties. The smoking ban imposes a law prohibiting legal behavior on private property.

These restaurants and bars are privately owned. So in other words, we are restricting a legal act on private property.

Whether I smoke is not the issue. If I wanted, I can still smoke in my home; however, doesn’t this stretch of the law open the door to outlawing things in my own house, which is also private property?

If the government (and the people who vote) can now say what legal behavior is acceptable on private property (namely the bars and restaurants), what is to stop them from outlawing things in my house?

What if the people, in an effort to protect my irrational behavior, voted that Oreo cookies are too dangerous to my health and outlawed the eating of Oreos in Summit County? This sounds irrational. Oreos are a legal substance, just like tobacco is.

As long as tobacco is legal in this country, we, the citizens, should work to change that law but leave the decision to make it illegal in certain places (private property) up to the owner of the property.

If the people wanted to outlaw smoking in a publicly owned place like a park, or other publicly owned buildings, that’s within the rights of the government. To make laws to regulate activities of people committing legal acts on private property is another. If we give up our rights to the sovereignty of private property, what’s next?

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