Brad Messer Commentary
Thursday, August 7, 2003

Ed and the Intruders

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, lets hear it for Mayor Ed Garza and the Intruders. Good name for a band. Bad news for businesspeople.

Ed and the Intruders are about to set a record for poking government's nose into private enterprise.

This afternoon, the San Antonio City Council is scheduled to vote to strengthen our smoking ban— an outrageous intrusion on private business.

There are several repulsive things in the fine print. The ban will apply to private businesses, private offices inside those businesses, and will even intrude on smoking in private company vehicles.

Ed and the Intruders want to control smoking at bus stops, taxi waiting areas, trailer park common areas, and even sections of privately-owned condominiums.

And what a brilliant scheme all this will be. The ban will be enforced by Health District workers, not police. The cost of the smoke cops and their infrastructure will be paid by restaurants, but that amount hasn't been set yet. That'll be a nice surprise, I'm sure.

Government up your alley and into your private office. Ed and the Intruders vote sometime after 3 this afternoon.

Brad Messer commentary, KTSA.


 

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