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No-smoking ordinance bad for economy

It appears once again that the long arm of government is attempting to control our everyday life. The smoking ban proposed by the Harrison County Health Department only considers the non-smokers. Their proposal does not consider the business owner or the employees of establishments who do business with the public.

There will be jobs lost and a loss of revenue at bowling alleys, bingo halls, retail food establishments and others. It also does not consider the travelers of I-79 and Route 50. Once these travelers find out this ban is in place, they will just go on down the road to a friendlier environment.

We have been very fortunate in Harrison County to establish ourselves as a good stopover place for business and recreational travelers, so let's not be foolish and shoot ourselves in the foot by imposing the ban.

One final note is: What kind of democracy do we have in place that would permit a non-elected body such as the Board of Health to pass any kind of law, let alone one which would be opposed by a high percentage of our citizens? Come on, Harrison County, wake up!

Tom Gerrard

Clarksburg

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