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Smoking ban proposed in Durango

Allen Best

DURANGO – A group has approached the Durango City Council in hopes of getting smoking eliminated from all bars and restaurants. An estimated 60 percent to 65 percent of them already ban smoking.Those calling for the ban cite the dangers of second-hand smoke to employees. “Breathing second-hand smoke should not be a condition of employment,” said Char Day, the group’s coordinator.The counter-argument comes from Jim Carver, a baker and brewer. He won’t patronize businesses that allow smoking, but he does not want government to tell businesses what they can do. “The market rewards those who decide to go nonsmoking,” he told the Durango Herald.A similar proposal in Durango failed in 1994.Town tackles darker historyTELLURIDE – The new book about Telluride’s war between union miners and the state-backed mining syndicates continues to reverberate in Telluride.After reading the book, “The Corpse on Boomerang Road,” newspaper publisher Seth Cagin confesses that he sees Telluride very differently. The book speaks of an ache in Telluride produced by the labor war of the early 1900s, and he says he now can see and feel it as he walks past the buildings described in the book. Those buildings are revered rather mindlessly in modern Telluride because they are old, but without appreciation for what went on there.”A great historic drama occurred here – on these streets and in these mountains lives unfolded with tremendous passion and idealism, and many of them ended in tragedy,” Cagin writes in The Telluride Watch. “Telluride has a far darker and more complex history than we’ve often been led to believe … it was more like one of Dante’s circles of hell.”The author, Maryjoy Martin, presented exhaustive research that shows that labor organizers were framed. She points the central finger at one of the local newspaper editors of the time who collaborated with mine owners and managers. Also implicated is Colorado Gov. James Peabody, an anti-union man who sent in militia to suppress the strikers who wanted an eight-hour workday and other improved working conditions.The striking miners “lost, utterly,” says Cagin. “The war destroyed the town, which never recovered the vitality it had before the union men were run out of town.”Vail, Colorado

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