Readers of The Brazil Times have spoken.
They would prefer a county-wide smoking ban.
The Brazil Times recently conducted an online poll regarding an issue several counties statewide have taken to heart.
By noon Monday, nearly 400 people had voted on the poll, favoring a smoking ban.
The Brazil Times asked readers if they were in favor of a smoking ban in all public buildings.
Two hundred thirty-four people (62.2 percent) believed there should be a smoking ban in public buildings while 142 voters (37.8 percent) were against it. A total of 376 people voted on the online poll.
Eight people also registered comments regarding the issue.
One reader stated, "I am an asthmatic and if I walk into a restaurant to eat and it is too smokey, then I have to turn around and go somewhere else. I also know many other asthma and allergy sufferers like myself, and I feel that if the public can't separate with a full wall smoking from non-smoking, then yes that place should go to no smoking."
Another reader in favor of a smoking ban in public places said, "Get in touch with the rest of the nation and cut out the second-hand smoke. I have too many (late) relatives who've died from smoking and second-hand smoke!"
Another in favor of a ban said, "I am a long-time smoker, but I agree that it is not appropriate in public buildings. There is a time and a place and going outside is not a burden."
Of the eight comments left regarding the poll, two were not in favor of a smoking ban.
One reader said, "No, the owner of each individual business should be able to decide if they want to allow smoking in the business that they have built themselves. And just so you know, I do not, nor have I ever smoked. People who don't smoke can make the decision themselves if they wish to patronize a business that allows smoking, just as people that smoke can choose not to patronize a business that does not allow it. That is the right of the business owner."
The other reader not in favor of a ban said, "If you don't like smoke, don't go there. Like Bed, Bath and Beyond, I don't like that place, so I don't go there."
Since The Brazil Times went to a new website format, this is the ninth poll it has conducted. Past polls include:
* Should the United States pull troops out of Iraq?,
* Do you plan on attending the Clay Community Schools public meeting at North Clay to voice your opinion on the corporation's renovation proposal?,
* Do you plan on attending any of the functions surrounding the K-Day Parade?,
* Do you think we are safer now six years after Sept. 11?,
* Are you in favor of Clay Community Schools proposed $53 million renovation project?,
* Are you looking forward to three days off with Labor Day Weekend coming up?, and
* Are you looking forward to the Popcorn Festival?
Of the nine online polls, the smoking ban poll received the most votes.
Currently, readers may vote on the current poll, which is "What is your favorite part of Halloween?" Options include the costumes, the candy, trick or treating, scary movies, haunted houses or decorations.