Good food, not smoking, keep OP restaurants full

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Lately, I have been hearing talk regarding the rights of smokers in our community, but not enough has been said on behalf of non-smokers in Oak Park. Why do the rights of smokers, a minority 13 percent of Oak Parkers, trump the rights of the majority (87 percent) of non-smoking Oak Parkers to breathe clean, fresh, indoor air? Why are our rights not being taken into account here, when we comprise such a high percentage of the population?

Furthermore, I love the restaurants we have here in Oak Park. I think they are some of the greatest in the Chicagoland area, because of their originality and class, as well as their excellent food and hospitable service.

I am confident that people will still patronize them regardless of the ability to smoke, simply because these restaurants are so wonderful. It is my opinion that the restaurant owners should be equally certain of this loyal patronage.

Daniel Bender
Oak Park

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