Published: Thursday, June 30, 2011,
By advocating the expansion of regulations concerning adult entertainment clubs in Pittsburgh (" Legislation would put restrictions on Pittsburgh adult clubs ," June 8 and TribLIVE.com), Councilwoman Theresa Smith is endorsing a form of fascism that prohibits lawful businesses from exercising their property rights by dictating the terms by which they may operate.
While it might be palatable when these restrictions are applied to businesses that are deemed troublesome to the majority, Smith is attempting to fundamentally restrict property owners from utilizing their property as they see fit and, as such, is violating the right to property.
If people wish to diminish the number and restrict the operations of these businesses, they should do so by utilizing contractually agreed-upon deed restrictions when properties are bought and sold, not by relying on dubious dictates from the government.
Amesh A. Adalja
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