The Oct. 1 letter to the editor on the subject of public smoking, is, I believe, comparing apples and oranges. No one is asking the addict to pull the plug on his health-destroying habit, only to stop inflicting it on the innocent.
It may very well be the smoker's right to spew his filth in public, but it is also the non-smoker's right to breathe air that is as clean as possible.
Perhaps the smoker can't enjoy a meal without smoking. Neither can the non-smoker enjoy a meal breathing the noxious fumes. In fairness to both parties, each should have his own space.
The bar is a good place for the smoker. While he destroys his lungs, he can also destroy his liver.
The sooner the better for the protection of the innocent, (such as) the month-old baby (that dies) from sudden-death syndrome, the mate who dies of secondhand-smoke-related causes, the waitress who earns her living breathing the concentrated fumes of years of the smoker's right to publicly pollute.
Ms. Lombardi, under what bushel have you resided for all these years that you're not aware of the medically proven facts of the dangers of smoking to all individuals?
Margeret Eriksen, Payson