Continuing with a look at my birth state of Indiana, my main pet peeve is the stupid smoking laws. Bars and restaurants can still have a “smoking section.” This may be the dumbest idea about our air ever made into law. I won’t go to the local swimming pool because I’m sure they have a “peeing” section roped off. My favorite bar in town is Chumley’s because they have my favorite beer on tap. They have over 50 beers on tap and over 100 different bottled brands of beer to choose. I can’t stand being there for more than one beer because my eyes are burning from the smoke filled air. I heard the food is pretty good but I wouldn’t dare order food since it too would be filled with smoke. I had intended to write on this subject last week but other things came up. Happily I can report that in TODAY’S paper, Chumley’s have announced they will be a complete no smoking establishment effective August 1st of this year. On my annual visit next year, I will get to taste Chumley’s food (and maybe drink more than one beer).
Since I don’t live here anymore, I don’t have to pay whatever the going rates on auto insurance are. I’m sure they have to be affected by the “non-helmet” motorcycle laws. I never see a helmet worn because riders think they can’t be forced to wear one. It would take away their freedom. Yeah, I know, just like seat belts do when you drive a car. The thing that freedom shouters forget is who pays for their broken skulls if they are still alive when they are wheeled into emergency. I think it should be OK to not buckle up or wear a helmet as long as a surety bond is posted or a special insurance policy is issued. Just part of our social contract, that’s all I’m trying to say. Smoker’s understand how much “smoking diseases” cost us and they pony up heavy costs-per-pack to have their habit not cost the rest of us in medical responsibilities.
If you think those two laws are strange, how about these laws which are STILL on the Indiana books. Go ahead and look them up if youthink they are a joke. I did, and the laws ARE on the books.