Bev Benda, Grand Forks, letter: Solid majority backs smoking restrictionsMore than 20,000 signatures — many more than were required — were collected to put Measure 4 on the ballot. That is not the government talking; it is North Dakota residents talking.
By: Bev Benda,
GRAND FORKS — Scott Hennen talked about Measure 4 as government intrusion (“Smoking ban snuffs out personal liberty,” Page A4, Oct. 25).
The measure actually is the reverse. It is the voice of North Dakotans speaking loud and clear that this is what they want.
More than 20,000 signatures — many more than were required — were collected to put Measure 4 on the ballot. That is not the government talking; it is North Dakota residents talking. And they are sending a very strong message to the government that it’s time to take action on this costly health issue.
Hennen says that private property rights are being infringed upon. But when private property opens its doors to the public, everything changes. Secondhand smoke infringes on the public’s right to clean air, optimal health and the freedom to breathe.
It’s time to upgrade our state and join 29 others which have discovered that being smoke-free promotes healthier families, workforces and communities.
Please vote yes on Measure 4.