Growing up locally, I never could have forseen a day when most any Hardin County retailer would welcome a customer wanting a drink but turn away someone carrying a cigarette.
Our view of vices has changed.
The evils of tobacco, which once drove much of the local economy, now have led to smoking bans in most every business and public building.
I’m convinced that smokers are the friendliest people in the world. You never see non-smokers gathered outside a workplace saying hello to everyone.