New Year's Eve party-goers in Michigan plan to kick off the New Year with a show of freedom
http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20101229/NEWS01/12290341/Some-Michigan-bars-may-allow-smoking-New-Year-s-Eve-in-protestSome Michigan bar owners plan to protest the state's eight-month-old smoking ban by allowing party-goers to light up Friday after 9 p.m.
_____________________________________________________On another front, the statements below are poised to become signage for Michigan hospitality businesses fighting for their financial survival
"If its not your business, then its not your business".
"A smokers right to smoke does end at your nose -- but your right to complain ends at the front door of the private property you just walked onto".
"A bar is not a library. A tavern is not a park. A pub is not a sidewalk. This is not a public place!"
You're very welcome to come in -- but we make the rules.
Update on the prosperity that freedom brings:
....just got a text message from a server who I've known .... for years... it was a picture of them at their server station this evening, with lit cigarettes in their mouths and cash in their hands (y'know, the playah picture) that said: "Hi, Tell everyone at your group we said THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU"... The best, ....3 of the 4 of them don't smoke.!!!
The protest, as the news comes in to me via email, text and calls is this may be bigger than we thought. Many who had no intention to take part are all turning a blind eye. The above was an enormous small victory.
Happy New Year everyone!
St. Paul City council member Dave Thune claims to be concerned about local retail outlet, Macy's, remaining in downtown St. Paul
However, in reality; Minnesota smoking ban activist Dave Thune helped eliminate 430+ local hospitality businesses taking with them approximately 10,000 local jobs......Thune does not have a pro-business / pro-jobs track record.Sign written on Mike's Bar St. Paul
, MN. explains cause of closure.
In 2001, the city gave Macy's a 6.3-million dollar loan, in exchange, Macy's promised to stay downtown through 2012. City officials tell 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that the St. Paul Macy's store is making money and that the city will continue to talk with the retail downtown anchor to make sure everything stays that way.
Council member, Dave Thune, represents the downtown district. He told us that the city will be hard pressed to make a similar offer to Macy's, but that it is imperative the city do all it can to make sure Macy's remains a business fixture downtown.My advice to Macy's.......run. Thune and St. Paul city council members have proven themselves to be anti-business, over-regulatory thugs....let them collapse from within and hopefully voters will wake up next election.How has Dave Thune's smoking ban law affected St. Paul and surrounding businesses? His behavioral control, arbitrary smoking ban law was the catalyst causing an avalanche of local bar & restaurant closings.....430+ and counting.http://cleanairquality.blogspot.com/2007/01/100-bars-and-restaurants-put-out-of.htmlMeanwhile, workplace secondhand smoke "hazard" (and subsequesnt smoking bans) are an unjustifiable double standard......welding smoke, regulated by OSHA in the workplace, is just fine.....and legal.