So the Novato Planning Commission thinks
having a Marin Brewing Co. pub near the Vintage Oaks constitutes
a danger to the youth of Novato. I have been to the restaurant that
Brendan Moylan owns at Larkspur Landing, and guess what, I had a
really great dinner there and didn't even order and alcoholic beverage.
Yes, boys and girls, there were actually families dining there
in this, so called, den of iniquity.
I find it curious that politicians and bureaucrats can make
a value judgement while at the same time collecting enormous taxes
on consumers. You can throw in the heated discussion on smoking
in public places.
No, but seriously folks, the federal government collects taxes
on tobacco and alcohol. Local governments get some of that revenue
in various ways. When you consider that 500,000 people die annually
from the ill effects of these two substances, it makes politicians
accessories to manslaughter, after the fact. They are hypocrites
at the very least.
Twenty years ago, I was able to quit smoking by thinking that
the government was profiting from my self-destruction. Maybe some
I.J. readers can use this method to beat their own demon