To the list of places where smokers no longer will be able to light up â€” government buildings, parks, restaurants and bars â€” public housing residents in San Antonio soon will add one more: their own homes.
The San Antonio Housing Authority plans to impose a new policy in January that will prohibit residents from smoking indoors or away from designated outdoor spots at all 70 of its public sites.
I agree with this, but with a twist. I am not a Wiccan but I am a firm believer in the Wiccan Rede. "An it harm none, do what thou wilt." However, I draw the line when you used public money to do it. Call it an invasion of privacy or what ever you want. People receiving public assistance should be randomly tested for drugs, alcohol and nicotine. I can't afford to supply my own vices, I damn sure should not be responsible for theirs. Quit taking public assistance and support yourself and you are free do do as you wish. Cigarettes are $70 a carton here. How can they afford to smoke? Easy, we are paying for it. I say bullshit. Test them and take away their support if they fail.
I am speaking of the life of a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children; who has undertaken to cherish it and do it no damage, not because he is duty-bound, but because he loves the world and loves his children… - Wendell Berry, 1971