In response to the people writing in to thank Olathe for listening to the people and approving a smoking ban, I have to ask, “Just whom did they listen to?” I was never given the opportunity to vote on this issue.
I am not a smoker, but I am an American, and that means I believe in democracy and capitalism, neither of which was upheld by this ban.
You may not like the smoke. That’s fine. I don’t care for it either. However, does that give us the right to tell a local business owner which customers he can or cannot cater to? If you don’t care for the smoking, you don’t have to go. Do you go to places where you don’t like the service or food? Should they have to change the menu to suit you?
As for the health issues, should Oceans of Fun be required to add a roof so that I can enjoy the wave pool without the sun harming my skin?
I have faith that the Olathe citizens can take care of themselves. If they feel they are being harmed by smoke, unhealthy foods or any other heath hazards, they should avoid them. It’s that simple.