H/T Harleyrider for this NYC story:
Smokers Rights Group Sues To Have ‘No Smoking’ Signs Removed From Parks
Back in May, New York State had to delay a plan to ban smoking in state parks when “smoker’s rights” group objected, and sent the plan back for administrative review.
Now, that group., NYC Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment (C.L.A.S.H.) has filed a lawsuit against the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) and its commissioner, Rose Harvey, after discovering that “No Smoking” sings were still being hanging in the state parks, beaches and historic sites.
“The intentional use of signage to fool park visitors into thinking that an unofficial policy has the force of law as a coercive tactic to induce compliance with a moral, rather than a legal, dictate cannot be tolerated,” said Audrey Silk, founder of C.L.A.S.H. ”Government is taking its war on smokers to the new contemptible level when it determines the rule of law is expendable when it comes ‘to those people.’ Rogue governance is a threat to all.”
The rest of Ms. Silk’s statement, including her encouragement to “smoke ‘em if ya got ‘em,” is below…
I must say that I have something of a personal interest in this story. A week or so back I wrote:
Today I had an email from an American (a New Yorker) offering to give me $100 towards me and my blog. He’s not the first American to make such an offer. But much as I’d like to blow it on beer and tobacco, I don’t really need it. And furthermore today I can see someone who really does need it. And that’s Chuck in Fremont, California. So I would say to my would-be benefactor: It’s your fellow Americans who need your support much more than I do. Send $100 to Chuck, not to me.
Chuck never got the $100, because he didn’t supply a valid email address, and anyway several people thought he wasn’t really being serious. But the above-mentioned Audrey Silk noticed that there was $100 up for grabs, and was quick to respond.
Ahem…. NYC C.L.A.S.H. is about to sue the state parks agency. I can’t afford “shy” at the moment. So how about suggesting to my fellow New Yorker that $100 come C.L.A.S.H.’s way.
So I went and did exactly that. And a few nights back (while I was away) I had an email from my would-be benefactor, saying:
Yes, I’ll send Audrey a check, probably over the weekend when I’m paying other bills.
So if she hasn’t received a cheque yet, it may well arrive in the mail tomorrow. Whether it’ll be for $100 or not, I don’t know.
I think this is a nice little story: of someone trying to help out with a little money, and me responding by finding someone else who seemed to need the money more than I did, and finally the money going to where it perhaps always should have gone: New York City. Charity, they say, begins at home. Except in this case, charity has ended up at home.
And, as for me, that’s $100 that would’ve converted to, let me see, £63.73 at current exchange rates. And at £3.30 a pint of Beck’s, that’s 19.3 pints. And since I usually take an hour to get through a pint, that’s 19 hours of quietly sitting in relaxed, pleasant, leafy, idyllic English pub gardens, listening to the birds twittering and the bees humming. And since I usually go to pubs for a pint every two or three days, that’s nearly two whole months of pleasure that I’ve just foregone…
Instead it’ll be Audrey Silk and her lawyer, sitting in a sunny New York park, listening to the birds twittering and the bees humming, who’ll be smoking cigarettes and drinking beers and trying to provoke Bloomberg’s goons to enforce non-existent laws.
But like Audrey says: “Smoke ‘em if ya got ‘em!”