Judge to rule on smoking ban suit

Judge to rule on smoking ban suit

There are 2 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Jul 31, 2007, titled Judge to rule on smoking ban suit. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

A Johnson County judge has six weeks to decide whether to grant an injunction in a case involving Franklin's smoking ban.

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religious freedom fighter

Carmel, IN

#4 Aug 1, 2007
If this is a private club that allows smoking--why is there a problem--non smokers can go elsewhere--smokers have rights--I serve food in my home--will I be cited for smoking at home--get with the program--private clubs are exempt from the smoking ban
fluteman greg

Palo Alto, CA

#5 Aug 1, 2007
Gary Moody -- Franklin wrote:
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Exactly. You hit the nail on the head. And here's some more info for the out-of-towners, tobaccocrackheads, and anonymous "D&D" supporters:
1. It is an obligation and a duty for a city to protect the health of its citizens. The smoking ordinance is dealing with a public health issue, as defined by, among others, the Surgeon General, who recently reported, in part, that there is NO safe level of second-hand smoke, especially for kids. We have health ordinances against allowing rats to run around in restaurants. The law says employees must wash their hands after relieving themselves. A smoking ordinance is for exactly the same purpose.
2. The root of the problem is that the Ballards are so belligerently right-wing. To go in there to eat is to get a big side dish of their personal politics with your meal, whether you want it or not, from Freedom Fries and Patriot Toast (I kid you not), to Fox News in your face from every angle, to posters of Mitch Daniels and whatnot.
3. What they've done is to concoct this elaborate ruse to try to cover their lawbreaking. They're not fooling a lot of people, however. Wrapping themselves in the flag just reasserts the fact that they're scoundrels. They claim their "club" is all about promoting truth, justice, the American Way, and the Constitution, but their ain't a dang thing in the Constitution proclaiming a right to blow smoke in other people's faces, any more than it says I can walk down the street with an Uzi.
4. Again, the Ballards are scofflaws, period. In order to become a "private club", they had to tell the IRS that they're non-profit. Yeah, right. That's illegality #1. Then, to make declare their perfidiousness to the world, they put a sign on their front door saying the $2 "membership fee" is OPTIONAL. So in fact, anybody can waltz in there and patronize the joint, "member" or not. Nor do they always ask, or check, for proof of membership.
Feh. I could go on and on about how screwy this all is, but I have to go get a life. And hey, why is the Franklin Planning Department's equally bogus subsidiary, "Discover Downtown Franklin", having their meetings, which are supposed to be "public", there? Nobody should have to join the Ballard's smoking club, political party, whatever the hell it is, to go to "public" meetings there. Or to patronize the place, bottom line. I'M not, that's for sure. I'll never set foot in there as long as they have anything to do with it.
Ann's Restaurant, on the other hand, is law-abiding, welcomes everybody, has a nice homey atmosphere, better service, better prices, and doesn't hassle you with politics or jumping through hoops. Why the hell would anyone want to PAY for all that other crap, PLUS smoke?
Why do you care? It's a private club that patrons have to pay $1 to join. Therefore, I doubt any non-smoker who objects to smoking will want to join. Given that only smokers will be joining or non-smokers who don't care, why is it a problem? Why can't they be left alone?

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