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It takes 5 cents to produce a kilowatt hour of power or .5 cents to save one by insulating your home or caulking around windows.
Those businesses are publicly licensed and do not have the right to do whatever they please. Can they sell illegal drugs? Can they have unsanctioned gambling? They have to follow the laws of the country they exist in, just like everyone else. Please do not make base attempts to categorize my values, especially when they are off-base and derogatory. I do not agree with you on, well, essentially everything that you've stated, but I'm still discussing it with you. Would someone who does not care what anyone thinks waste their time doing that? I want to understand the concerns of the people I don't agree with, but you make it hard to empathize with you when your responses are coated in vitriol.
So do you think that private businesses should have the freedom to discriminate based on race?
If what others are doing does not affect me, then I could care less about it. Smoking in public places affects me, when other people drive drunk it potentially affects me, when people drink responsibly I could care less. My stance on this is in-line with my values, just as it is with the smoking ban.
We just place different values on certain freedoms. I believe that my freedom to fresh air is more valuable than other people's rights to pollute that air. Since that view differs from person to person we take a vote and decide how many people are on each side of the issue and make policies based on that. Clearly more voting people in Fulton feel like I do, and so by that method, albeit not the most effective or elegant solution, we are maximizing freedom for the greatest number of people.
If it worked then why do we no longer have prohibition? Consumption trends are not the only criteria for a policy like that's success.
This is about the rights of others to breath fresh air in a public space. I am sure you would agree that murder is justifiably illegal, but what about a murderer's right to kill people? Why should we be able to tell them how to live their lives? Because it affects other's rights to life.
The taxes collected on cigarettes don't even come close to covering the medical costs spent treating medicare patients for the effects of smoking, so it would be an overall net gain for the economy, not to mention lost productivity from sick people as well. Also, I really doubt that Fulton police are so busy fighting crime that they can't drop by a couple restaurants when called. Fulton isn't exactly Metropolis or anything. I understand why people are upset, but ultimately I'm glad I'll be able to go out to eat and not have to come home reeking.
I'm kind of surprised they're telling us the exact dates, not that I have any intention of driving drunk, but if I were...
Rationality went out the window when you invited religion into the discussion.
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