Public split on proposed Soldotna smoking ban issue

Posted: Sunday, October 20, 2002

Last Wednesday outside the Soldotna Public Library, library patrons -- most, but not all, from Soldotna -- were asked what their feelings are toward the Soldotna City Council's proposed restaurant smoking ban ordinance.

A hearing is planned for Wednesday.

Here's what some of them had to say:

David Kress, Soldotna: "I've never heard of it, but I'm all for it. I can't stand being in a restaurant that has smoking. I've actually left. Hope they do it."

Teddy Widdowes, Las Vegas: "In restaurants, yes. I wouldn't like to discomfort other people while they eat."

Connie Goltz, Soldotna: "I think it's up to the person. It's (the business owner's) gain or loss."

Wes Warner, Funny River: "I think it depends on the business owner whether they want it. It shouldn't be a government mandated thing. People can vote with their feet."

Greg Saathoff, Soldotna: "I smoke. But if it's just restaurants, I'd be in favor of it. I don't like smoke around me when I'm eating."

Trish Willette, Soldotna: "I come from a place where there's a ban, so I'm used to it. But I know restaurant people lost a lot of business to the smoking ban. I worked for a restaurant (in Oregon) that had it imposed and they lost a lot of business. (But) smoke-free for me is awesome."

Nancy Felt and Sidnee, Soldotna: "I am for it. Even if they have separate smoking and nonsmoking, you still smell it. Especially the little ones. They're not used to it, then it gets uncomfortable for them, and they start complaining about it."

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