Response: Letter to Editor: On Smoke Free Mesquite (5/6/2013)
Why is it you think my “Quality of Life” would be improved by you taking away citizens’ liberties and businesses’ rights to run their establishments as they see fit? I know why; you are of the mindset that government knows what’s best for me, correct?
Why is it that every liberal elitist always wants to take away my rights and tell me how to run my life because they think they know what’s better for me than I do. Well, I do know what’s better for me than you and I will prove that on Election Day by selecting candidates who speak the truth and want to help Mesquite flourish instead of imposing their progressive ideologies on a town that has to compete with Vegas for tourists.
If you make Mesquite smoke free, how many smokers who typically visit Mesquite will travel the extra few miles to spend their money in Vegas? Then what happens? We will lose all that tax revenue, along with
the casinos' profit margins dwindling, and then you will want to raise taxes or impose some new “fee” to help balance the city’s budget.
Let’s not forget about the workers that you claim you are so selflessly trying to save. What happens when the casinos need to cut some expenses to deal with the loss of revenue from Smoke-Free Mesquite? Where do you think they will look first? Layoffs are always the first place businesses go to trim their ballooning red ink.
They tried this Smoke-Free thing in North Las Vegas and quickly reverted back to smoking; it does not work. If you think it does, why don’t you put your money where your mouth is? Open up a casino, make it smoke-free, and let’s see which casinos flourish and which do not.
However, a little advice from someone not in government and knows how to live in the real world - if I were you, I would concentrate more on your grammar and punctuation than on the cigarette hanging out of someone’s mouth at the casino. It might make your quality of life a little better in the long run.