Corpus Christi City Council passed a really restrictive ban on smoking in bars, billiard halls and restaurants, despite a huge display of opposition. And once again, special interests take precedence over the will of the people. Having seen the special interest groups in action in Decatur, AL, I know how these things get passed. The will of the people has nothing to do with Council decisions, and their passage of smoking bans is a foregone conclusion. Opposition means nothing and is just in place to give the illusion of a democratic discussion. In Decatur the opposition was ejected from the council chambers by the police.



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