This business with e-cigs being treated the same as good old-fashioned cigarettes has got me more than a little annoyed. Part of it is no doubt a crusade against anything anybody enjoys; the rest is most likely that they haven’t figured out how to tax the hell out of the things yet. Not to mention a generous sprinkle of superstitious nonsense…
There is no power the state doesn’t have if it has a power over your children that supersedes your own.
Let me put it still another way:
If you do not have the right to teach and raise your own children on your own terms, then you don’t have the right to free speech, religion, association, or privacy, and you are not protected from unreasonable government intrusion into your personal life.
So let’s make new and onerous law that all but removes you constitutional right to homeschool. Ohio was already low in the state rankings for home school freedom. For what it’s worth, since Massachusetts is supposed to be the worst, yet there’s not a big effort to thwart it here. Not the way I’d want to see Massachusetts get out of last place.
I can remember being deeply offended by this sort of thing as far back as childhood, and I am no longer young by most standards. If you are there and things are how they are, it is entirely wrong for people to come along later and complain, just because they had the audacity to build or occupy new construction in your area. The story I remember from my youth is of new neighbors shutting down a small airport that long preceded them. Bad enough that new arrivals can change the character of an area in more subtle ways, like making it less purple and more blue in nature.
When I was a kid, I was horrified by the idea of living in the Soviet Union, or somewhere like it, where I perceived that you could be locked up on a whim, for doing something that shouldn’t be illegal, or for no reason at all. As an adult, I am horrified that the United States has an absurd incarceration rate, overuses SWAT, has overzealous (not to mention any) enforcement of victimless crime, and that the use of punishment after your punishment for “sex offenders” is not only done, but to popular acclaim. I am not alone.