Liberty or Safety when it comes to a smoking ban

“This new ordinance, it just does not simply go far enough,” Huether

Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. - Franklin


#1 matt johnson on 12.13.16 at 6:58 am

we continue to get pounded about diversity and sensitivity in this community- until it comes to smokers – they are citizens too

#2 The D@ily Spin on 12.13.16 at 12:14 pm

Smoking is a smoke screen so real problems are side stepped. What about crime, city debt, & violating constitutional law. When pit bulls attack 84 year old ladies, it gets a council laugh. When everyone must conceal carry because police can’t get a raise and will walk off the job in 15 days, it’s not a council issue. Light one up at meetings even if you don’t smoke. It’s the best way to get attention.

I’m gonna hire a sexy lingerie cigarette girl. The best place to sell tobacco is where there’s free advertising. Namely, council meetings.

#3 Bruce on 12.13.16 at 4:23 pm

Sometimes we wonder how screwed up the priorities are in Sioux Falls City Hall, but then we remember who is running it. Mayor Mike Huether decided for some reason to push the town’s people over the edge of regulation with a $95 fine for lighting up.

The good people of Sioux Falls showed up on December 6, 2016 to give their views. In this video we fast forward through many arguments long ago established. We show you who spoke, how the administration tried to browbeat the chamber audience into submission with a guilt ridden photo of a family and then just to add insult to the injury to our butts, shut off Input as polite opponents were getting ready to speak.

Just because the message isn’t his, da mayor kicks us out again. Most of the speakers from both sides are strong anti-smokers but because the anti-proposal people were not telling anti-ban message, Huether cut off all discourse. Even though the input was well over an hour, there were more speakers ready to give their distinct views. If there was another hour, who cares?

A way to solve this whole issue would be a campaign to encourage smokers to not smoke around kids in the parks. State law already covers everything else discussed in one way or another.

This is the place for citizens to speak.

This effort does make you think, when da mayor decides to do something to cause headlines, what is he trying to hide in a slight of hand movement. Is he telling us to look over there while he slips something else past us? Like a parking ramp hidden in the Consent Agenda?

The blather brigade leader showed up in an effort to take away your citizen rights to be outdoors without penalty. To save you the pain we experienced during this event, we tried a few new things to make the video more bearable.

What a loser, and in the ending he lost on his great nanny state objective. For now.

#4 Warren Phear on 12.14.16 at 8:38 am

I used to be a smoker. Quit and feel much better for it. Designated areas for those who struggle with quitting? Good idea. Patrolling public open air spaces for violators, with a fine? Bad idea. If the mayor allows personal feelings to guide him on issues like this, then alcohol consumption could also be on his hit list. I have been to the t denny tin can once. Went to a hockey game courtesy of a free ticket. My observations. Most attendants were civil, but there was also too high a percentage of those there who should not have had another drink. I wondered as the game was finishing up, how many would be driving out of that parking lot who would blow more than a .08?

Are there guidelines at the denny as to when alcohol sales are cut off?

#5 l3wis on 12.14.16 at 9:21 am

Maybe they should have random checkpoints at the exits of the EC’s parking lots, like they do with JazzFest. Especially after one of those Fag in a Hat concerts.