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Neil J. Wiltse Sr. letter: Ban activities that are self-destructive

In his letter of May 5, Tom Blair's criticism of local government for enacting a law banning smoking in all business places is off base. Contrary to Blair's argument that local governments are overextending themselves in passing such a law, I wou...

In his letter of May 5, Tom Blair's criticism of local government for enacting a law banning smoking in all business places is off base. Contrary to Blair's argument that local governments are overextending themselves in passing such a law, I would suggest that he familiarize himself with the preamble to the U.S. Constitution.

One of the reasons for establishing the Constitution was to promote the general welfare and I do believe that health is included under the heading of welfare. Hence, those who are elected to governmental positions requiring them to legislate are perfectly within bounds in enacting laws to preserve the well being of the general populace in addition to serving as a deterrent for those who wish to self-destruct simply because they are lacking the intestinal fortitude it takes to quit smoking, drinking, doing drugs or haven't the desire to wear a helmet or buckle up.

In this person's opinion, those empowered to do so should ban any kind of activity that promotes self-destruction. It seems that thrill seekers and addicts seek out that kind of idle-time activities that constitute a threat, not only to their own well being, but to the well being of others as well.

Neil J. Wiltse Sr.

Fargo

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