Legislatures are steeped in hypocrisy

In the movie "Tombstone", Doc Holliday, after shooting Johnny Ringo, said to Wyatt Earp, "My hypocrisy goes only so far."

That certainly did not come from our lawmakers, whose hypocrisy is inextricably woven into its fabric of legislation.

It seems to me that secondhand smoke in all drinking establishments, whether public saloons or private clubs, poses an equal health risk.

However, private clubs and fraternal organizations are exempt from the recent indoor no-smoking law, and from a health standpoint, I'm trying to understand why.

There are several possible explanations: Could it be that veterans smoked so much while in the service that they are immune from damaging effects of smoke; could it be that club members are blessed with special hearts and lungs that smoke toxicity cannot pervade; could it be that members smoke a magic, silent cigarette that emits only clean secondhand smoke; or possibly, the American Cancer Society doesn't really care about the health of veterans and club members.

The more I ponder this puzzle, the more confused I get.

All I can come up with is that the smoking ban is not a health issue - but instead, one of power, control, ego and authority - aimed at eroding more of our personal choices and freedoms.

Jerome Kilroy