The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Opinion

June 10, 2013

Reader happy with Rowland's no vote

Will this city ever get their priorities straight?

Here they are going off on a no-smoking ban when they can’t even get garbage collection straight. Look at that fiasco. We spent all sorts of money to buy new collection cans and garbage trucks because it was going to be so good for the city and save us money.

We all know how well that went.

They couldn’t even get the right cans to the right address or keep records of what went where. Now we are talking of having to contract out refuse services. Then we have this magnificent new sewer plant that they keep raising our sewer rates to pay for. Then the problems the city had going to monthly billing for sewer bills. Let’s not forget the $4.5 million I believe we are paying for the ambulance overcharging issue. The city council and Mayor need to open their eyes or maybe they need a Leroy Jethro Gibbs (character on NCIS) head slap to wake them up and get to work fixing real problems in this town. Instead they choose to go after the county reported 28 percent adult smokers to keep them away from their children’s and grandchildren’s activities.

I wonder what ever happened to common sense. I am a smoker, a grandparent, and a coach for my grandson. When I go to an outdoor event for one of my grandchildren I walk away from others to smoke, I don’t smoke around kids when I am coaching. But I am pretty sure my cigarette puts out less pollution than any smoke stack of the industries we have here in town. That, and being outdoors, I believe is a good compromise. I think our state legislatures thought so also referring to only eliminating outdoor smoking to grandstands and seating areas of such events in the Iowa Clean Air Act.

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