Letter to the Editor: Lethal combination
BY Michael E. White, Pryor
Thursday, March 14, 2013
3/14/13 at 7:58 AM
In the 1930s, during a lengthy drought, Oklahomans fled their state for a better chance at life. A severe drought of common sense among its state leaders may trigger yet another exodus for similar reasons. Who, of minimum mental capacity, wouldn't want to eliminate the danger of texting and driving; a lethal combination of activities proven to be hazardous to life in every state?
Oklahoma lawmakers, for one; they see it as a threat to personal freedom. What freedom is that; the freedom to negligently and absentmindedly kill the innocent? Unfortunately, the dead are far too decomposed to be consulted on this matter; and the opinions of the living victims, and their friends and family appear of little consequence.
Do Rep. Josh Cockcroft and his cohorts grasp the difference between eating a cheeseburger while driving (a right of great concern to Cockcroft) and texting while driving?
Do they grasp, as much as even the average mind, to what extent composing a text during the life-and-death-critical operation of a multi-ton bullet on the road (an activity demanding absolute and constant focus), that the operator's concentration is distracted?
Are they comfortable shouldering the countless deaths and tragedies that will, with guarantee, result because they stand for a dubious freedom, and because it would be difficult to enforce? It's as ridiculous and preposterous as rescinding laws against robbery and murder on the basis of such arguments.
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