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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Battleground Iowa: Does Des Moines have an image problem? Smoking and tattoos in the news

Excerpted from this post at Battleground Iowa

So, I was carousing the web this morning for some juicy news tidbits,
and I came across a couple stories that, by themselves aren't too
remarkable, but read together, are a little ironic. The first was a
story about how the anti-smoking ban crowd is whining yet again.
Surprising, I know. Now they are saying that the smoking ban is bad
because it forces smokers outside into the public where they can be
seen on city sidewalks and parking lots. They say this might be bad
for our image. The funny thing is that, implicit in that argument is
an acknowledgement that smoking is a dirty, disgusting, undesirable
habit. Hmmm… maybe this problem could be solved if PEOPLE QUIT
SMOKING. But no, their solution to this image problem is to let
smokers back inside to cover up our dirty little habit.

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