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Letter: Let businesses decide the issue

This concerns the push by some legislators in Juneau to prohibit smoking in public places.

Obviously, there are strong opinions on both sides of the issue. I think an acceptable resolution that almost everyone would agree with is a state statute that requires all establishments open to the public to post one of two signs at the entrances. One would say: This is a smoking establishment. The other would say: This is a Non-smoking establishment. 

This statute would allow the owner to make the decision on whether their business is smoking or non-smoking. It would also make those entering aware of the business policy. And, it gives the people looking for work who smoke an option.

I also believe fraternal and veterans’ organizations should be exempt because their policies are determined by boards of directors, decisions are made based upon the vote of the majority of the members, and they are typically not open to the public.

— Dean Hill

Sterling