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Bikini bar brouhaha

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Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2013 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

After a long, hard day at work, Al Bundy — and many hardworking New Yorkers — should be able to enjoy a brew along with an adult dancer. He would object to “Bikini bars may get into full disclosure”(by Josey Bartlett, June 13, multiple editions).

Elected officials such asAssemblywoman Aravella Simotas and others who opposed the Queen of Hearts from obtaining a license from the State Liquor Authority need to loosen up, hoist a pint and get a lap dance or two at a local neighborhood adult club.

The owners of the Queen of Hearts cabaret pay taxes like the rest of us. They also provide gainful employment to cooks, bartenders, waitresses, dancers and security personnel, along with those who deliver beverage and food supplies. All are neighbors, who also pay taxes and are trying to earn a living.

Many customers are also neighbors, patronizing the establishment on a voluntary basis. Walk down any street or visit any park during a hot summer day, and you can see many beautiful women enjoying life dressed so casually they leave little to the imagination.

How disappointing to seeSimotas and others have thrown their lot in with the so-called Moral Majority social police and politically extreme, reactionary conservatives who attempt to use government rules and regulations to impose their own moral values on others.

What consenting adults consume, inhale, perform, read or view in the privacy of their own home or private social or adult club isn’t the concern of government. Individual economic and civil liberties prosper best when government stays out of both the bedroom and marketplace.

Larry Penner
Great Neck, LI

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