Letters to the Editor

High time to enforce smoking bylaw

Editor: Re: “Martin shaking her head,” (The Times, Sept. 20).

Last time I heard, we lived in a democracy, where majority rules. Smokers are a really bad minority. They not only harm themselves, but others with their second-hand smoke.

Mayor Peter Fassbender says they would be in the middle of the street if the City adopted the Township’s rules. How about the alley?

Smokers are ignoring the rules anyway. Less than a half block away from City Hall, a store owner smokes in his doorway every day.

On the main drag, several people smoke on a sort of bench a foot away from a health studio. You can not go into McBurney Lane because of the clouds of second-hand smoke.

The Human Rights Commission has ruled against smokers in a condominium. Why can’t we have the same protection going for a walk in our City?

Enforce the rules. Hire more people. The message will get out with $100 tickets.

One of the most sickening sight is someone at the Langley Memorial Hospital, standing in a gown with an IV hooked up, and smoking.

If money is a problem, take a cut in pay. Council members seem to ignore the wishes of the taxpayers anyway, so why do we need them full-time?

Dennis Furnell,

Langley City

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