Slow Death

Local casting calls for ABC’s the Bachelor.

Also, looks like Minneapolis is waffling on our smoking ban.

The irony in the last line of this quote left me rolling my eyes (from the strib):
John Alexander, who owns Johnny A’s, a sports bar in Minneapolis, agreed. “I can’t pay my taxes,” said Alexander, who said he has dismissed his private security staff at the bar. “My business has gone down by 35 percent.

“It’s a slow death,” he added.

3 Comments so far

  1. Bob from the Lung Association (unregistered) on July 31st, 2005 @ 11:18 am

    Irony is lost on Mr. Alexander, who likes to brag about the criminal tendencies of his patrons, and blames the smoking ban on “unleasing his customers on an ussuspecting public outside my bar.”

    As God is my witness, I heard him say as much. Mike O. even repeated the statement on Almanac on Friday.

    It’s not too late to stop this. We can speak up, too! See the American Lung Association of MN blog (on the MNspeak ag) for more on this topic.

    Bob “Mr. Lungs” Moffitt

  2. Lex (unregistered) on August 1st, 2005 @ 9:13 am

    I am not personally against an economic impact study. I always think that decisions are made best when they are fully informed.

    Yet, the smoking ban is like communism: it only works if everyone is doing it. The situation in Hennepin County is that in places like Bloomington, someone could either stop smoking in his favorite bar, or go 4 blocks over the county line to another bar that will let him smoke.

  3. Erica (unregistered) on August 1st, 2005 @ 1:01 pm

    I have to confess, I’m conflicted over the smoking ban. On the one hand, I haven’t firmed up how I feel about it in principle. On the other hand, I’m not a smoker and I hate cigarette smoke, so I personally love that it’s in effect.

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