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March 26, 2013
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Letter: Objection to Senator Kruse's comments on 'smoking in my own car'

Smoking in his own car

In a March 14 article about a proposed ban on smoking in a car with children, Sen. Kruse was quoted: “The reason I’m opposing this is, how dare government tell me what I’m going to do in my own car.”

As a legislator, Sen. Kruse should know better. Government prohibits him from doing many things in his own car. For example, he cannot kill a child, beat or sexually abuse a child, give a child alcohol or illegal drugs.

He cannot let a young child ride without appropriate safety restraints. The law prescribes many other things he cannot do in his own car, many of which involve exposing another person to harm. That is an appropriate role of government.

Perhaps there are valid arguments against the proposed ban, but the argument that the government dare not tell Sen. Kruse what to do in his own car is not one of them.

Nancy Tague

Idleyld Park

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