The Glorious Acts of Our Legislature

Written by By Mike Kole

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But why just cell phones? Ifrepparttar real intent ofrepparttar 125888 law is to eliminate distractions from our roadways, why not ban them all? Summers could justifiably expandrepparttar 125889 proposal to include a ban on smoking inrepparttar 125890 car, adjustingrepparttar 125891 radio or inserting a Britney Spears CD, eating fast food, scoldingrepparttar 125892 rug rats inrepparttar 125893 backseat, talking with your spouse, shaving or applying makeup, doingrepparttar 125894 crossword puzzle, using a laptop computer, calling for on-screen directions to Starbucks, and rehearsing your excuse that explains your tardiness torepparttar 125895 boss.

Could we really ban Britney Spears CDs? I digress.

Beforerepparttar 125896 law is done with revisions, no common person will be able to read and understand it, and mainly, drivers will just continue to take their chances.

This begsrepparttar 125897 significant philosophical question: Why bother?

Isnít it sufficient that citations can already be issued ifrepparttar 125898 use of a cell phone isrepparttar 125899 cause of an accident? Why pile on? No harm, no foul: Ifrepparttar 125900 use of a cell phone isnít endangering anyone inrepparttar 125901 moment, why penalize forrepparttar 125902 harm that was not caused?

Ah,repparttar 125903 law is to be a deterrent, to eliminaterepparttar 125904 possibility of harm. But wonít it also become more than that? How much of a stretch is it to envision police pulling over drivers who endanger nobody on a deserted road at 11pm, but who are guilty of making a cell call, just sorepparttar 125905 officer can meet his monthly quota? Isnít that a harm all its own?

Say, ifrepparttar 125906 police pull a driver over torepparttar 125907 side ofrepparttar 125908 road, isnít thatrepparttar 125909 sort of distraction that could cause an accident? It should be banned!

Letís hope this Bill dies in committee. If it passes, Summers will run for re-election in 2006 onrepparttar 125910 basis of having produced this wonderful lawÖ and of having been suitably busy.

Chair of the Libertarian Party of Hamilton County (Noblesville) and candidate for Secretary of State (2006).

Why do the Republicans keep bringing up seatbelt laws?

Written by Mike Sylvester

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The Indiana government has made seat belt law enforcement a priority forrepparttar various law enforcement organizations inrepparttar 125887 state as well. We pay tens of thousands of tax payer dollars and instruct our police officers to go and write tickets to make law abiding citizens pay silly fines over not wearing seat belts. What a complete waste of my tax dollars! Let law enforcement spend their time chasing criminals, not trying to force law abiding citizens to comply with more silly government regulations! If you do not believe in expandingrepparttar 125888 seat belt laws, please join us atrepparttar 125889 Organizing Convention of The Libertarian Party of Allen County. We are meeting atrepparttar 125890 Catablu restaurant on 2441 Broadway. The meeting is on Dec 13, 2004. The actual meeting will start at 7 PM, if you are interested in having dinner come early! The public is welcome! Please contact us if you are interested in attending! You can reach me at or at 260-338-0833! Mike Sylvester, Fort Wayne

I am a happily married native of Fort Wayne, Indaina. I have two wonderful children and a great wife. I am The Chairman of The Libertarian Party of Allen County.

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