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What happened to choice?

Dear sir:

Whatever happened to people having a choice on how they live their life?

I am a smoker. I have been going for coffee every day for years with a group of friends at a restaurant that used to be smoking but is now smoke-free. I still go to this same restaurant every day because of my friends, not because they allow or don’t allow smoking.

My choice.

I also go into smoking establishments on other occasions. My choice. I have not smoked in my car since 1993 and do not smoke in my house. My choice.

Recently, there have been numerous write-ups and ads in area newspapers, as well as a survey sent out to people in the district, requesting we endorse someone’s views. This, by the way, has cost the taxpayer in excess of $25,000.

I also understand there has been a 20-25 percent return supporting them. My, what a huge mandate.

There are a number of businesses and establishments in the northwest that are smoke-free. If you want to go or don’t want to go there, your choice.

There also are a number of businesses and establishments in the northwest that allow smoking. Again, whether you want or don’t want to go there, your choice.

There are help wanted ads every day in local papers so if you don’t want to work in a smoking environment, don’t. Get a job at a smoke-free establishment. Your choice.

These same people want legislation to force health care workers to get ’flu immunization shots. What happened to your choice?

What is amazing to me is that a civil servant (who, by the way, we the taxpayer pay) has given the people and municipal councils a deadline to implement his views or he may have to take court action.

What happened to your choice?

Thank you,

R.A. Kropp

Kenora, Ont.

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