Statewide Smoking Ban
This article, from the Star Tribue http://www.startribune.com/587/story/983150.htmlwebpage on Tuesday is about a proposed statewide smoking ban. It's primarily interesting because the Pioneer Press has this link http://www.mnsun.com/articles/2007/02/11/local_news_update/pw15smoking.txt on their website today (Sunday), but this article is actually linked to the Sun Newspapers website.
The Star Tribune article's challenge is to describe the limits of the ban, and elaborate on the failed amendment that would have allowed bar owners to install ventilation systems or pay a license fee to permit smoking on the premises. The only remaining exceptions to the ban are hotel rooms, smoking shops, and Indian casinos. Long sought by antismoking advocates, Mark Brunswick of the Tribune states that the bill is likely to pass.
The article from Sun Newspapers is much more biased, in addition to being several days after the latest development in the smoking ban. In my opinion, The Sun article starts out with the following phrase, "In Hennepin County, the results of its smoking ban can be seen all around: restaurants no longer have smoking sections, there are many fewer smoke-filled bars, and patios are all the rage." All true, perhaps, yet the smoke-filled bars reference seems to be quite subjective. I personally have no problem with a statewide smoking ban, and am quite happy with the results in Minneapolils, but would have tried to take a more balanced approach, like that of Mark Brunsick of the Tribune.