Issue is rights, not smoke-free
       While I have not smoked for 18 years and sympathize with the likes of Jay Ferguson [letter to the Pioneer, March 30], I feel the smoking ban is just another infringement on the rights of people. As Chuck Assay’s recent cartoon showed in the Gazette, next it will be to restrict what I eat, listen to or any other things the majority decides is bad for me or good for them. In my opinion, it should be up to the business persons if they want to operate a smoke-free business. Many of us fought in numerous wars just to protect liberties and were even provided cigarettes free or at a nominal price. It is not for the likes of [State Rep.] Mike Merrifield to be the guardian of all. Any time we lose a freedom to a mouthy majority, it is a serious restriction.

J. F. Corcoran