Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Milwaukee Weddings

There are so many good things about getting married in Milwaukee. While the late spring, summer, and early fall are the prime times for Milwaukee weddings, my husband and I got married in March. Our wedding was held at Lake Park Lutheran church on the eclectic upper east side. We had such a positive experience with this church and Pastor David. We still attend there, albeit not as often as we should, but always feel welcome and at ease. Check out our review of Lake Park Lutheran on (our Milwaukee wedding site). We had our reception at the Astor Hotel which is on the national registry of historic places and was fantastic. See our review of the Astor Hotel here . Also, check out our list of Milwaukee wedding reception halls here.

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Friday, February 6, 2009

Smoke Free in Milwaukee

Recently, posted an article talking with bar owners who have opened non-smoking bars in the Milwaukee area. Inevitably, topics such as this bring the classic argument to the forefront – should we be mandated by law to be smoke free in bars or leave it up to the bar owners to follow demand for smoke free locations. See the talkbacks for the varying opinions.

While I can sometimes see the argument behind not making it a law to be smoke free, I generally agree with the thought process for completely banning smoking in places like restaurants and bars. I truly feel that smoking affects everyone around you, and you are forced to smoke via second hand force.

In the spirit of compromise, my suggestion would be to establish regulations on the amount of “smoke” that can be allowed in the air, and establishments should be held to that standard via health inspections, in the same way food and drink health code requirements are enforced. If bars want to remain a smoking environment, they should install smoke eaters to make the air clean for all patrons and workers. Or the alternative is, GASP, making people smoke outdoors. I’ve seen it in action at places in Madison and it doesn’t seem to hurt anyone. Second hand smoke on the other hand, that’s another story.