Cellular Phone Bill Is Just Another Government Power Grab

RECEIVED Mon., Jan. 12, 2009

Dear Editor,
    The cellular-phone ban is yet another Big Brother control grab (read: seat belt, DWI, insurance check) that criminalizes social behavior and creates yet another revenue stream for law enforcement growth in a slowed economy and funnels mass amounts of money into the state government and its lobbying opportunists' coffers. Like Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the National Safety Council wants to flex its self-righteous conservative muscle and exert more social control on a public tired of stolen freedoms.
    I tried to do a simple search for who is sponsoring this bill on www.legis.state.tx.us and to find who is the money behind such a surreptitious bill, but there is no info – it may be one of those "buried" riders inside another bill. Aren't we as a people so over the Bush-Cheney neocon era of abuse through legalese from our lawmakers. KHOU, KXAN, Fox News, and other Texas major news sources simply state "some lawmakers" without revealing who the 2009 No Cellular Texas bill sponsors are on this issue. We need names and transparency from our government officials and the media.
    Sure, there are lots of stupid people that shouldn't talk and drive, some that shouldn't talk and some that simply shouldn't drive; you can legislate common sense. If we follow NSC's logic, make it illegal to eat, fumble around, discipline kids, or change the radio in a moving vehicle. Also, shut down all food drive-throughs and drive-through liquor stores. Where will this stop? We have to end this neocon knee-jerk power-grab apparatus. Self-reliance and education are the answers – teaching common sense, hands-free; updating dumbed-down driver's education, defensive-driving courses; and stepping up enforcement and fines for failure to signal for lane changes and reckless driving should be the path to teaching self reliance and safety. Texas lawmakers, how about implementing hands-free and zero texting for a trial run. Otherwise, this just turns ordinary citizens into criminals and creates yet another revenue source through prohibition. Twenty-three million Texans need to communicate. We need to represent we the people; lawmakers seem to only see the profit in problems and will keep passing stupid laws until we are in our car with a satellite monitoring camera, full-body seat-belt harness with blow to go and matching toll ear tag. Happy motoring.
Will Person
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