Veteran didn't fight for freedom of some to infringe on others' rights

Published: June 18, 2012

Mike Kilgore (Your Views, June 13) criticized a governor's executive order posted at the Norman Veterans Center stating that it would be a smoke-free facility effective Jan. 1, 2015. Kilgore said veterans fought for the freedoms that gave them the right to smoke at state institutions. The Veterans Center is a hospital. Many patients there have oxygen tanks attached to the back of their wheelchairs and oxygen tubes to their noses. Some rooms have signs saying “Oxygen In Use.” They don't need smokers anywhere near them.

My husband is a patient who fought in two wars, earned 11 battle stars and a bronze star with “valor.” He didn't fight for the freedom of some to infringe on the rights of others. He appreciates clean air in the facility. He is especially allergic to smoke. Our son has asthma and couldn't visit his father there if smoking were permitted. Of all facilities anywhere, medical facilities inside and out should be free of smoke.

Lucile Bedford, Norman

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