By Ovetta Wiggins
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 19, 2005; Page B09
The Prince George's County Council, joining a host of state and local governments, wants to tell smokers who light up in the county's bars and restaurants to take it outside.
The council introduced a bill yesterday to ban indoor smoking at bars and restaurants and fine violators $200. Eight of the council's nine members have signed on as sponsors, making approval likely.
PG's would-be authoritarian nannies seem to be absolutely unwilling and incapable of protecting the public from a growing epidemic of violent crime.
Why are they proposing now to criminalize essentially trivial behavior. ?
Where are the resources to enforce such news laws--don't we need additional police more than smoking inspectors?
Or will this be another law, like many outhers the council has passed, that will not be enforced and will end up leading to increased public contempt for the law?
I certainly hope that the 2006 election cycle brings us some new candidates who will actually focus on DOING something about violent crime and crummy schools rather than putz around with less important issues.