Are you ready to be pushed 50 feet away from
our glorious communal facilities the poolhouse if you want to smoke and be assaulted by polite signs "suggesting" you might want to quit with the cigarettes, already? Well, welcome to Moscow Reston, where the RA Board voted 7-1 last week to extend the no-smoking zone around RA facilities to 50 feet and put up the scolding helpful signs.
FREEDOM. CRUSHED. The move was discussed as a compromise, given ongoing pressure on the RA to ban smoking in all common areas outdoors, including the paths. The board has already bought a bunch of fancy no-smoking signs, although the army of tiny drones equipped with infrared cameras capable of spotting people smoking in the woods from 300 yards and tiny inkjet printers to dispense violation notices are apparently still on back order.
Interestingly, the discussion led to a rare public clash among RA board members. Give us some good blockquote, BFFs at Patch:
Hunters Woods/Dogwood Director Cheryl Beamer suggested the board members were racist and classist in their thinking.To namby-pamby non-smokers/NPR listeners like us who consider Alan Alda to be our personal role models, 50 feet doesn't seem that bad. But we'll go to our Chief Civil Liberties Correspondent for his reaction:
"I find it just amazing that all of you think there is such an enormous problem out there," Beamer said. "It is a way to feel superior, perhaps. Think about the statement we are making to people who smoke. This is not about a culture or courtesy for others. It is just 'we don't want you standing in front of 7-Eleven waiting for a job. It is also code for 'if you have a mental health issue, this is a way to roust you way from the pathways.' "
At-large director Donna Rostant called Beamer's statements "preposterous."