State mottos shouldn’t be ironic.

Today I am a little less proud to have been born in New Hampshire. The state legislature passed, and Governor Lynch said he would sign, a ban on smoking in restaurants and bars.

I do not smoke and generally prefer not to be near smokers. But I would like to think that if I chose to open a bar or restaurant, I could allow or forbid smoking on my property as I saw fit. Silly me.

I hope that Lynch remembers which state he governs and vetoes the bill. If not, then the restaurateurs of New Hampshire should remind him by painting “Live Free or Die” on “No Smoking” placards and mailing them to the State House.

2 Responses to “State mottos shouldn’t be ironic.”

  1. Que si Says:
    June 1st, 2007 at 9:47 PM. You want more irony? The New Hampshire licence plates (bearing the state’s motto) are made by prison inmates.
  2. Andrew Jackson Says:
    June 2nd, 2007 at 3:50 PM. I guess that means no more restaurant dueling for me in NH. What do they expect to come out of the barrell of a pistol after you fire a bullet into a miscreant? Daisies? I think not.