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That is how the owners of small bars and restaurants across the state of Michigan are feeling.
Since the ban on smoking in such establishments has been implemented, there has been a dramatic DECREASE in attendance at these locations. Profits are down, and more businesses suffer under the heavy hand of our state government, and the do-gooders who inhabit it. From Mlive:
The Home Bar on Portage Street in Kalamazoo this month has seen sales plummet nearly 50 percent, said owner Harriet Bronson. In her 37 years at the bar, it's never been this bad.
"It's terrible -- slow, slow, slow," said Bronson, who's had to cut the hours of some of her employees.
The "party-crowd" folks simply went home... Didn't they?
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We Dine in zip code 48169...
Michigan.. and maybe all other locations not populated with a great amount of restaurants.
Aw shucks, if only you didn't smoke. If you do, maybe you can find a speakeasy that allows such things to go on without the interfering nonsense by "the man." Maybe one with a good 10 year old "look out" who can make funny noises when a health department stooge is strolling by.. MAYBE they can incorporate a good FATTY FOOD into their menu to irritate the next batch of do gooders who want to save you from yourself.
Even the Hookah bar owners are a little angry now. But the Arab American population in Michigan sure didn't voice its opposition at the right time to the smoking ban that they too could gain the exalted exemption like those cigar bars and casinos.
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The concept of private property is something the founders of this country believed in deeply. The most basic ownership being your person, yourself, your physical being. To serve that self you have ownership of other things; the clothes you wear, the tools you use, the property on which you stand.
That very basic understanding indeed, a basic agreement as provided for by our maker.
But apparently some folks didn't learn the basics. And now, we witness even more interference in the private affairs of our state's constituents, and arguably another nail in the coffin for Michigan business owners rights.
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