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Erosia Xtra‘A trembling’ still echoesLEO received a number of responses to “A trembling in the universe,” Scott Robinson’s June 27 cover story, which detailed his firsthand experience on the night that 15-year-old Tyler Dumstorf shot two Indiana sheriff’s deputies, killing one before fatally wounding himself. Read that piece here: http://leoweekly.com/?q=node/4962.

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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.

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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.Outside the FireI have been impressed with the objectivity LEO has demonstrated in recent coverage of the Metro Council’s smoking ban, especially after an editorial last year referred to it as “bullshit.” The long-awaited Freedom to Breathe Act is good for the economic viability of the community and will allow Louisville to move into the 21st century. My work has put me in the company of both college students and conventioneers visiting Louisville who have expressed shock and dismay that Louisville does not already have a smoking ban. During a recent conversation, a Lexington resident asked: “You mean they let people smoke in bars? Ugh, I would never go out.” To which a Bloomington resident responded: “Yeah, going to clubs in Louisville is like going back in time.”The argument has been made that the government shouldn’t infringe on the rights of business owners to make their own policies regarding legal products. But there are numerous laws to protect the public in privately owned businesses such as fire safety regulations, child labor laws, electrical codes, lead and asbestos contamination, liquor licenses, health inspections and so on. Fireworks and motorcycles are legal products, but they are not allowed to emit smoke and gas indoors either.While I agree in principle with the position of the Metro Louisville Hospitality Coalition that exempting Churchill Downs is unfair, the racetrack is already exempt from the state’s anti-gambling laws and no one is suing over that exception to the rule. Obviously the members of the MLHC were playing the discrimination card as a smokescreen to stop the ban. Sadly, these business owners missed out on a great opportunity. All the non-smokers in Louisville who have wine parties at home, play billiards in the basement and listen to “live music” on TV will now venture out to clubs. Every other city in the country that has passed a smoking ban has seen an increase in revenue, employment, liquor license applications and attendance.Bars and club owners who wasted time and money opposing the ban now have the opportunity to turn a “Corner” and rise like a “Phoenix” out of the ashtray to open the “Door” to new customers who have been avoiding their polluted establishments for years. Or as Elmo of Elmo’s Martini Lounge said: “Instead of spending thousands of dollars on a lawsuit, I spent a thousand dollars building a patio.”Jacob Zimmer, Louisville

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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.

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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.

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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.

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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.

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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.

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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.

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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.