Re. "Editorial: Newport should ban smoking in parks, (Editorial, July 17): "We generally cringe when government noses its way into civil liberties."
This is the best editorial I have ever read in the Daily Pilot or its big brother, the Los Angeles Times. The editorial staff should have stopped after the word "liberties." Because it quickly became clear the editorial did not mean a word it said about government restrictions on citizens' rights and privileges.
What the editorial was really saying was more tax and restrictions.
The editorial fell to the lowest level possible by arguing Newport Beach should ban smoking in parks because we must do it for the little kids. If this had any merit, anybody older than 50 would be dead or in the hospital in the critical care ward. And smoke would not rise, but sink, at least in the minds of the editorial writers, authoritarian control fanatics and the City Council.