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Our View: Pick your poison

Let's see if we have this straight: The city has banned smoking in establishments that, uh, sell food consumed on the premises. Now some people want to legalize marijuana, which would increase the amount of smoke in those places. Most city offici...

Let's see if we have this straight: The city has banned smoking in establishments that, uh, sell food consumed on the premises.

Now some people want to legalize marijuana, which would increase the amount of smoke in those places.

Most city officials are running from the marijuana issue.

But at the same time, Mayor Herb Bergson wants to create a beer hall of fame.

Does anyone else get the feeling that the city is becoming embroiled in a big game of "pick your poison"?

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If city officials are consistent, they will keep marijuana out of the restaurants along with smoke-causing tobacco.

But the trick is in doing so without mentioning that marijuana is an intoxicant.

After all, if intoxicants are bad things, then how does one justify building a hall honoring beer, the most popular of all intoxicants?

Perhaps instead we should be building a monument to schizophrenia, which would help explain the multiple personalities needed to find consistant logic in any position a city councilor might take on all these issues.

And speaking of halls of fame, maybe Duluth should take all the money it didn't get to spend on the 10 Commandments and build a Religious Hall of Fame (using private funds on private property). It would draw more than beer.

But back to the issues at hand, it looks to us like one big haze of smoke and beers.

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