LH and Jaws, your reactions are, of course, to be expected. After all,I screamed, I shouted, and I kicked sand in someone's face. To respond to Jaws, I have not noticed your smoke, though if it actually were blown in my face, I may react in any number of ways. Sometimes, on this subject, I'm just waiting for something to fight about, and sometimes there are others out there who are accomodating. I've been known on this site for a different affect, if I say so myself, but being more than feisty about this subject seems appropriate. LH, I am not very large - about 140 to 145 pounds depending on recent eating and exercise. I have not considered having a husband - I have a wife, and I'm keeping her if she's willing - but as you may know, for people living in Vermont, anything is possible. So just what WOULD I do - REALLY, I mean? What I HAVE done, as reported above, is to speak my mind beginning at a modest level and reaching whatever level I need to accomplish the task. So far, it hasn't been all that difficult. However, my point was, and is, just because it's legal does not mean it should be tolerated. I have, in fact, lobbied our legislature with some success - at least once on this issue of smoking in public places. However, it has not always been my policy, when lobbying fails to change the law, to just "sit down and shut up". I believe that in some cases, action must be taken - as was taken, for example, in the South during the sixties. Actually, although I have been strident, hyper and emotional in my posts on this thread, it is not fully indicative of me - I am a rather ordinary, cooperative member of the business and legal community here. This thread about smoking is really, really long - a lot of emotion well spent, so far as I am concerned, anyway. As if you didn't already know, smoking - not in small part because of its odor and the tendency of tobacco smoke to stick like glue - is an area in which my intolerance reaches near its peak. Part of my wife's work is to devise school programs which discourage young people from smoking. In fact, some of her young recruits actually go out to find smokers among the students and tell them they should stop - and guess what she calls the li'l darlin's who do that? She calls them her tobacco Nazis. OK, I've said enough, I stand by my remarks, and - just for now - I'll sit down and shut up. Important as this subject is to me, my mind and heart are where the air is fresh and clean and the snow is fresh and deep - and I dream that it will be here in Vermont soon, like last year . . .
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