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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - May 22, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                Overboard on anti-puffery Smoke abaters get too bossy The Cedar Kapids Gazette: Hed., May By Williom Sofire WASHINGTON Carmine Sapio. buss of Tammany Hull ;i gen.Ta- Mini ago. abolished the smoke-filled riiom during his tenure as loader because liis eyes were sensitive In smoke In that sense at least. is regarded as a prophet without honor in own lime by members of a new one fiercer and more self- righteous than the old tiger of Tammany: the (iroup Against Smokers' Pollution Across the nation, (JASP cliapters have lieen formed in help shame the 52 million American smokers into refraining from indulging their habit in the "breathing space" of nonsmokers. have rights tuo" is the slogan of dASI' and in its "liberation guide" there are tips to members about methods to IK-se who discom- fort them. Some ideas are forthright "Speak out against while others are maddening, such as "Dis- courage smoking by no! providing ash- trays." Sn far, so good: In an enclosed space, people who are annoyed by tobacco smoke should make known their irrita- tion In smokers, who should then have the courtesy to desist. Unfortunately, that is not the last GASP: Buoyed by their success in getting airlines to segregate smokers, the nonsmokers are pressing their attack with demands for govern- ment regulation of "breathing space." Knmi Barry Goklwater's Arixona to George McGovern's South Dakota, states have passed laws prohibiting smoking in museums-, concert halls, theaters libraries and elevators. Last week. New York City's board of health has approved a proposal to compel the segregation of smokers from nonsmokers in most public places, including restaurants. This is a good example of the tyranny of the minority. A little group of willful persons, representing no opinion but their own, has rendered the great smoking public helpless and contempti- ble. Where a fire or health haxara exists. Insights An individual chooses find mokes himself. Jean-Paul Sarlre nobody disputes that smoking should be prohibited. But despite the fuming of former surgeon general Jesse Sleinfeld, mi evidence exists to. suggest that the exhaled smoke of other persons poses a health to nonsmokers. A liny minority is acutely allergic smoke, and its wishes need to be considered, but public policy ought not In be set to ac- commodate today's Carmine Sapios. The cigaret smoker is already the tar- get of too many government agencies, lie cannot be advertised to on television; lie must carry around on every pack a dire warning about killing himself; he is taxed regressivcly and punilively. Yet the smoker continues to smoke; in the U. S. last year, 588 billion cigarets were puffed, dragged upon and choked over, and thanks to the growing interest in .smoking by teenage girls, the market continues to grow. Opinion Page 2 Views Ideas Insights Judgments Comments This perverse ness the refusal of people lii do what is good for them activates Ihe anti-smoking brigade, 1 think, even more tliun Un- annoyance caused by Hie exhalations of I he eoffin- iiuilers. If smokers do not respond to reason, to warnings, In the silencing of advertising, to lax disincentives, Ihcn perhaps the only way is to make it more difficult to find a place to light up "You are not denying the smoker's right In smoke." CAS1' assures its members, "only his-lier right In smoke in your breathing space." Not true; any harassment, especially harassment by executive regulation, is part of a process that infringes our liberties and pollutes inir statute books Today the smoker, tomorrow the onion-cater, and HID day after tomorrow the person who prefers cheap perfume to the taking of baths once government gets its nose under the lent of social in- tercourse, there will he no privacy for anyone. The bossism of the do-gooder is in- tolerable, even when he-she (fight lin- guistic cloaks paternalism in the guise of selfishness. Not (.very social inequity needs a legal cure. Social, not government, pressure is appropriate to curb the smoker. A glare, a sniff and if necessary the green-gilled appearance of the onset of motion sickness, should he enough to gel some smokers to stuh out a bull in a hurry. I gave up smoking two years ago; it is like losing a friend. I don't feel any bet- ter, and am not inclined to badger others into sacrificing one of life's little pleasures. What incenses some people is incense to me; blow some my way. But the abuse of the power of health agencies to put a governmental fist into the glove of social courtesies is worrisome. A new law separating smoking from nonsmoking areas in res- taurants would invite a smoker's sit-in at a nonsmoking lunch counter, turning the civil-rights clock back by decades. In their zeal, the people from (1AM' have gone too far; we can now look for- ward to the formation of "People United To Fight for Freedom by Fighting Fire with Fire" Now York Tin Diehards impervious om' could slice GOP By Bruce Biossat WASHINGTON Talking to a prominent Republican, I heard him voice dark fears that President Nixon's impeachment over Watergate would martyr him in the eyes of die-hard supporters and convert them into a rigidly troublesome minority which would plague the party for many years. The point arose as we discussed all the prospects facing the President as im- peachment proceedings go forward in the house judiciary committee. The man's worst fears surfaced when he presumed the worst outcome that the evidence might be so overwhelming as to produce something like a 4 to 1 vote for Mr. Nixon's removal from office. Under my source's-presumed condi- tions, he reasons that the 20 percent of the U.S. senate which still would stand with the President would bo composed of men who either would hold themselves stonily impervious to crushing evidence, nr would perceive in that evidence some wicked plot framed by the President's enemies. This Republican source, who though well known will not be among those required In vote on impeachment, argues further that Mr. Nixon's hard-core senate (and house) support is sturdily duplicat- ed in the Republican parly at large. He does not imagine that in martyring an impeached President they can do anything to create for him any further practical political career. What the man fears is that a deposed Richard Nixon could serve these Republicans as the "centerpiece" in an embittered crusade which might very well endure for a decade or more. The hobbling effects upon a party already long handicapped by a minority position with respect In the Democrats hardly need to be stressed. Not long after my conversation wild this leading Republican, I addressed the annual convention of the Illinois Federa- tion of Women's Clubs meeting in Chicago. My talk was simply an attempt lo lay nut the impeachment prospects, the likely timetable, some of the con- siderations which would affect senators' votes should Ihey he asked to sit as jury iu Hie mailer. In Ihe (piestion period which followed, no one asked a single question which bore directly on the tone or detail of the 1'rcsldcnl's published transcripts of cer- Inln Watergate tapes released April 30. Several women spoke with me In 11 side hall InliT on, one Hii'in wondering aloud whether Hie whole proceeding against Mr. Nixon and various aides in congress and Hie courts mlglil mil be n "communist plot." While I was thus engaged, a convention deliwilc rushed out of Ihe main hull (filled wllh several hundred women) and MI id breallilcssly Another View "Patience, Louie. When the Watergate are over, (hen we sue the wise guys for calling them plumbers. "You'll never guess what Ihey just did in She satisfied our curiosity quickly. The Illinois Federation, representing women, has voted overwhelmingly for a resolution entreating the house judiciary committee to halt all impeachment proceedings. The call on the issue had been for a- standing vote, and the moment was not made easier for any opponents when as the rough head count began an or- ganist struck up "The Star Spangled Later inquiry disclosed that the action was not impromptu. It has been thoughtfully discussed by Federation leaders, including some past presidents. Illinois has always had slatus as good "Nixon country" and as a bastion uf GOP conservatism. Yet the favor of this blind-faith vote for Mr. Nixon, on the very day (he conservative Chicago Tribune urged his removal, hit with stunning force. It seemed lo underscore the deep con- cern earlier expressed by my quoted Republican leader, that drastic action against the President would draw his last-ditch backers inlo rigid cadres of "Marchers for a Martyred Nixon" and produce a dangerously weakening split in GOP ranks. NL'wspopcr Enterprise Association Way with words Hot-diggity, clunk By Theodore M. Bernstein NEVKK sausage a word before. It was a high and easy pop-up behind firs! base. The first baseman back-pedaled and got under it, while the second baseman and the right fielder converged on him. The, first baseman nonchalanlly pul up one hand his gloved right hand the ball dropped into the glove, then bounced out lo the ground and Ihe bailor was safe. "lie tried lo liol-dog it a little hi! anil got burned by the said the Mels' TV announcer, Ralph Kiner. To liol-dog is In indulge in showmanship, In show off. A rather recent slang term, it is used In skiing lo describe the perfor- mance of acrobatics and stunts on skis. Hoi dog has also been used as a iiiinii lo refer lo an alhlelc who can do stunts anil Theodore M. Bernstein as an adjective to describe such an athlete, as in the phrase "a hot-dog surfer." lint dog! o file commencement seoson neors A columnist who is a former teacher, wrote, "Two fellows graduated high school, one went to college and one didn't." John .1. McGowau of Riverside. 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