Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Hennipen County goes overboard

Okay, no one will deny that smoking is bad for ones health. At the same time, one cannot deny the fact that tobacco is a legal product and a cash cow for adding taxes to the coffers. That being said, the County Commissioners in Hennipen County, by a vote of 6-1, enacted a new ordinance that bans smoking from all county property with the exception of roads. The new ordinance is reported to potentially cost those taxpayers in Hennipen County $120,000 for new signs.

The costs of the signs is not really the issue; rather the issue is more government intrusion into our lives. One of the Commissioners who voted for the measure said that taxpayers rights end at "our" property lines. Mr. Commissioner I ask you, "Who is it that you refer to when you say 'our'?" My impression would be that all Hennipen County property really belongs to the taxpayer and not to the any elected official. Perhaps I am mistaken and I missed that part of my training to be City Council.

What will be next? What aspect of our lives that is legal for us to do will be banned? Did we not learn anything from Prohibition?