“It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into”

Jonathan Swift
"The Democrats have moved to the right, and the right has moved into a mental hospital." - Bill Maher
"The city is crowded my friends are away and I'm on my own
It's too hot to handle so I gotta get up and go

It's a cruel ... cruel summer"

Monday, February 07, 2005

Dear John,

Are you actually praising Amarillo City Commissioners for not having the brass to vote on a ban on smoking in public places? You applaud their act as "a fine example of representative democracy" and then turn right around and admit that they avoided it because taking up the issue "could have been political suicide." Oh really? It seems it should be a no-brainer for such a highly conservative part of the country - vote "no", keep big government out of business and send those bleeding-heart, non-smoking do-gooders on their way, right? So what gives? Why is this issue too hot for them to handle?

Sending it back to the voters seems cowardly to me.