Hot Sulphur Springs should ban smoking in playground
October 20, 2009
To the Editor:
For the second time I just encountered someone sitting on the bench in the middle of the playground in the town of Hot Sulphur Springs smoking a cigarette.
Recently, I took my three children (3, 5, and 8 years old) to enjoy one of the last nice days of the year. I asked the smoking woman who seated herself (with a stroller and a small child), “Could you please put that cigarette out?” She replied, “There’s no signs posted, so no, I won’t put it out,” and stared at me as if daring me to do something about it.
Don’t my children have a right to play at the public town playground without being exposed to second-hand smoke? and if not, shouldn’t they? I was appalled at the lack of common sense/common courtesy I experienced at the park that day.
It is time to make the investment in our children’s futures by posting No Smoking signs at the playground. Oftentimes, while the kids are playing, I find myself picking up trash at the park. There are broken bottles, piles of dog poo and garbage everywhere. Does the town have a clean up day? If so, it’s not well publicized. If not, why not?
It is time to make our town park a source of pride and joy for ourselves and for our children, instead of the embarrassment that it is today.
Hot Sulphur Springs