I agree, it is a great day for Springfield. I’ve been very busy today and this is my first chance to blog, but Jim is right; it’s nice to see Springfield get out in front of a progressive issue for once.
I’m amazed at how quickly things have turned about. A year ago, I thought it might be decades before this city saw smoke-free establishments. Then, in the course of just a few months (a blink of an eye in cultural evolution time) we have a comprehensive smoking ban.
The difference was leadership. Leadership from Mayor Davlin and leadership from the alderman. There was enough controversy on this issue that it was probably easier to do nothing, but our city leaders tackled the issue. They debated, sent up proposals and in the end did the right thing.
Congratulations Springfield, it’s a great day.