Originally Posted by Lori
Obviously this is a very political debate - and the only thing I can say about the subject is that yes, the reason I put the subject of smoking in an email is because it has become an issue since we moved the events to Maynard and have staging the way we do. It has never come to this I can say - but I try to cover as many bases as I can - well aware of certain subjects that come up on a regular basis. Same reason I also included a bit about dogs at the field as well going into this season. It is starting to become an issue.
I do not ask people to respect these things based on my personal opinion of either subject - I ask it because it is all I am capable of doing. I will do even more going into the next event, I will no longer kindly ask - I will state that smoking is not allowed in the staging area. I will post no smoking signs and I will continue to try to make announcements throughout the day regarding the subject. I am willing to do all of those things HOWEVER - asking or telling doesn't make either any more enforceable for me - because I do NOT have the resources necessary to enforce it any more than simply asking allows me.
I hope that this subject will not be one after the next event based on my willingness to say that yes in fact - i am no longer asking, I am telling you that smoking is not allowed in staging - and I hope that there won't be confrontations regarding this at the events, that people can just respect what we have asked and take it to the parking lot. I am also willing to play mediator at events - and if someone brings an issue to me that they do not wish to take on themselves - I will step in. These are things that I will commit to doing - however - I cannot say that we will patrol, and throw out and essentially pick fights about the issue - because as is evident in this thread - it has the potential to get ugly - and again, we do not have the resources necessary to be watchdogs. Same thing with dogs - and same thing with drinking. I can ask, I can tell - but the rules are only as good as the ability to enforce them - and that I am telling you straight out - I do not have.
I hope this ends any possible debate about whether or not you can smoke in staging. You cannot. More than that however, I hope that the heated debate about the subject itself will end in a we can agree to disagree fashion - that if nothing else - we can respect that we have differences, that we as adults can at least abide by the certain things that are asked of us - and that some compromise will be required on both sides.
More than satisfactory answer in my eyes.