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Bias clouds the issue
By Ari Armstrong
I seem to have a bad habit of picking losing battles. I fought against Referendum C and the minimum-wage hike, both of which passed. I supported the measure to legalize small amounts of marijuana for adults age 21 and over; it failed. The election cycle before last, every single candidate I voted for lost. I opposed last year’s successful legislative attempt to violate property rights — er, I mean, to ban smoking to save the children from cancer.
But I refuse to give up on my causes, and that includes my call for journalists to stop using biased language to favor legislation that, in my view, violates individual rights.
On March 21, the
What’s wrong with that? For one thing, the term
Here’s how I might rewrite the lead to cast the recent legislation in a bad light: “Bar owners can continue to use cigarette sales to mitigate a statewide smoking ban after a measure designed to worsen the imposition died in committee Tuesday.”
The news editors would reject such a lead for the same reasons they should have rejected the text that was used.
That said, the Rocky has done a decent job reporting various ramifications of the smoking ban. The paper has provided information about the elusive definition of tobacco “bars,” the casino exemption and the impact of the ban on theaters that run plays featuring cigarettes.
I do wish the Rocky and other papers had made a greater attempt to discuss the heart of the argument against the ban. People have the right to control their own property and associate freely.
My side has enough trouble fighting (what I regard as) bad legislation without struggling against biased journalism on top of it. As this is the editorial page, I’ll close with an evaluation I’ve used before, during the unsuccessful attempt to defeat the measure that expanded gun registration-checks to private sales at gunshows: Freedom is not a loophole.
Ari Armstrong, a resident of Westminster, edits the Colorado Freedom Report (freecolorado.com).
While I agree with Ari in principle, there is another major point that is generally missed in these debates:
Those who ask permission from Big Brother to operate "their" business are ignorant of the reality --
if you ask permission at ALL, it's not "your" business, it's HIS.
He makes the rules, sets the conditions, tells you when you can open, when you can't, charges tribute, and even tells you who you have to admit, and who not to.
Who are you to question your master?
Grow some cojones, bar owners and other slaves.
YOU WILL NEVER HAVE "RIGHTS" so long as you HAVE TO HAVE A LICENSE to "exercise" them!
No one needs a license to do anything in a free society, where "private enterprise" is truly private.Posted by Mark Call on April 8, 2007 10:14 AM
Smoking in Public places was banned years ago, most bars are privately owned and/or operated, and no one is forcing you to enter or to exit., even if the proprietor could refuse service.
Why weren't there many nonsmoking bars or clubs prior to the ban, where it was allowed? Maybe nonsmokers aren't fun or don't spend or tip well. Seems if there had been a market for it, someone would have done it.
From some of the more fanatical nons, I wouldn't want to party with most of them.Posted by csj on April 4, 2007 12:27 PM
but you have a 'right' to force people out of bars because you don't like the smell of cigarette smoke?
Docjay...but millions of people force you to do both on a daily basis...what do you think that stuff coming out the back of cars is? also, bars are private facilities, public facilities are owned by the government...Posted by Roy on April 2, 2007 09:35 AM
You want "a greater attempt to discuss the heart of the argument against the ban"? Here it is. It's real simple. You have no "right" to force me to either vacate a public facility or have my lungs filled with carcinogens.Posted by Docjay on March 31, 2007 09:08 AM