The city of Ocean Springs' public officials refused to ban smoking in public places on the grounds that it might hurt the restaurant business.
Now those same officials want to add an additional tax on people who choose to dine out. I would love to dine in a smoke free environment, but they decided that the right of smokers to pollute our air was more important then the rights of non-smokers to breath clean air. To add insult to injury they want to charge me more money, I don't think so. If they pass this stupid dining tax I will merely start dining in adjacent cities. Maybe one of them will even do us the favor of banning smoking.
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