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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.Outside the FireI have been impressed with the objectivity LEO has demonstrated in recent coverage of the Metro Council’s smoking ban, especially after an editorial last year referred to it as “bullshit.” The long-awaited Freedom to Breathe Act is good for the economic viability of the community and will allow Louisville to move into the 21st century. My work has put me in the company of both college students and conventioneers visiting Louisville who have expressed shock and dismay that Louisville does not already have a smoking ban. During a recent conversation, a Lexington resident asked: “You mean they let people smoke in bars? Ugh, I would never go out.” To which a Bloomington resident responded: “Yeah, going to clubs in Louisville is like going back in time.”The argument has been made that the government shouldn’t infringe on the rights of business owners to make their own policies regarding legal products. But there are numerous laws to protect the public in privately owned businesses such as fire safety regulations, child labor laws, electrical codes, lead and asbestos contamination, liquor licenses, health inspections and so on. Fireworks and motorcycles are legal products, but they are not allowed to emit smoke and gas indoors either.While I agree in principle with the position of the Metro Louisville Hospitality Coalition that exempting Churchill Downs is unfair, the racetrack is already exempt from the state’s anti-gambling laws and no one is suing over that exception to the rule. Obviously the members of the MLHC were playing the discrimination card as a smokescreen to stop the ban. Sadly, these business owners missed out on a great opportunity. All the non-smokers in Louisville who have wine parties at home, play billiards in the basement and listen to “live music” on TV will now venture out to clubs. Every other city in the country that has passed a smoking ban has seen an increase in revenue, employment, liquor license applications and attendance.Bars and club owners who wasted time and money opposing the ban now have the opportunity to turn a “Corner” and rise like a “Phoenix” out of the ashtray to open the “Door” to new customers who have been avoiding their polluted establishments for years. Or as Elmo of Elmo’s Martini Lounge said: “Instead of spending thousands of dollars on a lawsuit, I spent a thousand dollars building a patio.”Jacob Zimmer, Louisville

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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.

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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.

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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.

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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.

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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.

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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.

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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.

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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.Not OffendedRicky L. Jones is genuinely liked by this reader, and I begin by apologizing for not writing in the past to applaud him. Yet, here goes digression. This Imus thing. His actions were and probably still are full of bigot-infused soul vomit. But, this racial “in-group language … not appropriate for others to use,” as Ricky calls it (LEO, April 25), is ignorant at best. “All ethnicities have this,” he says. That equates to a child asserting that all the other kids cursed, too. I am a Caucasian by birth and a Hebrew by choice. I can’t think of one word or phrase that offends me, that if used by an Israelite or fellow Caucasian, would not offend me. Maybe I am in the minority. Either way, using someone’s race as your deciding cue to either smile and say hi or fume hotly in anger after hearing the “n word” is undeniably a racist action.Brian RogersBumper Sticker LogicThere is a bumper sticker that says: “It will be a great day when our schools get all the money they need and the Air Force has to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber.” Yes and amen. Lucinda Marshall put pen to paper and asked what many of us Louisvillians have been asking for years now (LEO, April 18): Why exactly are weapons of mass destruction hot-dogging through our air space? And I’ll ask: What sick thing within us has morphed these delivery systems of mayhem into fun-fest, family entertainment? And here’s another puzzler: What kind of cognitive disconnect goes on in the brains of our light-up Louisville leadership types that enables them to promote a hyped day of killing machines performing slightly above our skyline while locking down a whole West End community on Derby week because of a violent shooting that occurred within their midst several years ago? So with their right hand, “leaders of Louisville” will promote violence, and with their left hand they’ll smack down a community with a collective punishment rap!? There’s another bumper sticker that says: “If you’re not outraged, then you haven’t been paying attention!”Marcia SchneiderNot So UniversalIt seems as though all of the candidates for political office in Kentucky or nationally are touting universal healthcare. None of these candidates have any idea how this would work, who would pay for it or how it would be administered. I have a few questions for the Kentucky candidates for governor.1) Would you insure people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol?2) Would you insure drug dealers/prostitutes? 3) Would you insure people who can already afford health insurance?4) Would you insure people who are obese?5) Would you insure people who engage in promiscuous sex?If any of the candidates cannot answer the above questions in a straightforward manner, they should stop promising universal healthcare. Our current system is not perfect, but those who continue to advocate the same healthcare system for everyone are dreaming. Healthcare is and should always be a “personal” issue. Currently Americans are the most obese people in the world. Solution: Change your eating habits and/or exercise. Drugs/alcohol abuse: Americans are the largest consumers of illegal drugs and legal alcohol. Solution: Get help to change your behavior. Should I have to pay for Michael Jordan’s kids or U of L President Ramsey’s healthcare? Absolutely not! If the current crop of candidates continues advocating universal healthcare, we will find ourselves being controlled by an “invisible” health administrator who could pick and choose who’ll be first in line at the doctor’s office. I hope I’ll never see that day.Keith E. LewisOpen For InterpretationPeriodically, some of your readers offer an interpretation of Old Testament passages that attempts to diffuse what the Bible says about some topic (e.g., homosexuality). Unfortunately, these interpretations often fail to convey any understanding of context, literary style, the distinctions between moral, civil and ceremonial law, and so on. I’m constantly surprised to find such sophisticated minds failing on such a basic point. One might as well read a phonebook like a novel, interpret Revelation-like prose, build an argument on a phrase in a sentence, or believe that Jesus is a (literal) door or a lamb. Moreover, these interpretations are delivered without the tolerance or empathy one would expect from those who are so enlightened. Can’t we do better?D. Eric Schansberg

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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.