What We Don't Need Is More Laws!

RECEIVED Tue., April 19, 2005

Dear Editor,
    I understand the plight of the nonsmoker. I do not allow smoking in my business or my home. But –
    Fact: All nonsmoking, live music venues set up in Austin have gone belly-up within a year.
    Fact: If you want to go see bands once a month, when you get home you can wash your hair/clothes etc.
    Fact: There are people that go to see bands/support club owners every night.
    Fact: These people will stay home, organize house parties (more than likely somewhere near you), and give the apparently bored Austin law enforcement something to do.
    If you don't want to go to a bar/club that allows smoking, don't. I'm sure your lack of patronage will make a big difference. Ahart says music fans will go see artists anyway, he obviously has no idea how it works [“Where There's Smoke ...,” News, April 15; “Smoke Signals,” Music, April 15]. Bands/artists play where people gather, that's how they get heard. That's how an audience is built. Some smoker in some bar that you would not go to heard Pat Green, Trail of Dead, and the Mars Volta way before you did and probably told you about them. If there isn't a place to start off, people go different directions – and they're not always good directions.
    Stand up for your beliefs. Don't go to these places that allow smoking. But please don't give us any more laws.
    By the way, Natalie Zoe needs to talk to Kevin Fowler about the way things work. She'll be breathing just fine in an empty room.
Thanks,
Damon Gill
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