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Let the public vote on 10 p.m.

The Board of County Commissioners was right not to rush an amendment to the smoking ban to the Nov. 2 ballot. The question deserves full public debate and the deadline for ballot certification was too close.Having said that, the antismoking advocates that we are, we still would like to see the question in the next election.A cadre of restaurant and bar owners wants a compromise to the ban to allow smoking after 10 p.m. in 21-and-over establishments.It is a fair question that, at this point, would likely not pass. But one never knows and the advocates showed they had political momentum.We think smoking is a vile killer that is responsible for inordinate health care costs borne by nonsmokers. We could buy the rant about personal freedom to smoke and the freedom for businesses to do as they please if the rest of the world had the freedom not to bear the health costs of those who get sick from smoking. Still, let the voters decide. In the meantime, nonsmokers who relish the fact smoking is banned in restaurants and bars should show some support for a beleaguered industry adjusting to a new reality.

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