It's bad enough that our elected officials gnaw at our liberties and rights, but when unelected bureaucrats do it, that really ticks me off. I refer to the proposal on the outdoor smoking ban by the Marshall County Board of Health. Board administrator Ronda Francis stated that they "get many complaints regarding children being exposed to secondhand smoke at ball games, fairs, playgrounds and the like. There have also been reports of children being burned on the face from cigarettes people are carrying. This change would protect children from these dangers." It seems they always invoke the name of "the children" to infringe on some right or liberty. Have you ever noticed that?