Let us decide our own vices

Schooling and deciding what’s next in their lives aside, personal appearance is one of the biggest dramas that teenagers deal with on a daily basis.
Apr 11, 2013

If Michigan lawmakers have their way, those under the age of 18 will have one less option to upgrade their looks, as the state is considering putting a stop to youngsters using tanning beds.

The state already has regulations in place that require parental consent before a minor can use a tanning bed, but now lawmakers want to take it a step further and strip moms and dads of their power to parent their children.

While the intent of the law might be good in its effort to curb people from damaging their bodies, this is yet another example of “big brother” reaching in and trying to micromanage our lives.

Take another recent example in New York, where Mayor Michael Bloomberg tried to ban the sale of sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces. The move was part of an effort to combat America’s obesity epidemic. Good intentions aside, a New York court ruling has put a lid on the ban for the time being.

However, the fact remains that government is trying to do our jobs for us.

Let us decide if our children are able to go to a tanning salon. And let us decide if we can have the jumbo-size soft drink.

While these actions may be questionable health decisions, at what point do we begin to live in a world found in a page torn from a George Orwell novel?

Bottom line: If we don’t have the freedom to make our own lifestyle choices or the choices for our own children, then how free are we?

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rainbowjoe

I will chime in with my agreement as well. The flower children, despite decades of bong hits, somehow believe they're smarter than everyone else. The scary thing is that now they occupy policy-making positions, and they are not shy about imposing their superior intellect and directing how the rest of us may live. Scarier still is that they really don't care about those of us who post on here. They know we won't change, so they are going after our children. Proof of that is all around us-in academia, entertainment, and media. Thus the generational sea change in morals and in what we once thought was right and wrong.

Wingmaster

Dead on with the indoctrination of our children RBJ. I just had a conversation with my daughter about the difficulties of raising children in a world that is promoting values opposite of our families. She understands and agrees it will be tough for her too. She also is aware she will be under a lot of pressure from society. I felt some pride when she saw, understood and told me how she now looks back and sees a lot of those differences in the child rearing she received and that of some friends received. She can see the effect on her friends lives as they struggle with the effects of poor parenting.

"To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society."
Theodore Roosevelt

Lanivan

Wing - Didn't I say you were a T. Roosevelt kind of guy?

RBJ - You're starting to sound like my grandfather!

Wingmaster

Well how about that, you finally are right about something Lan;-p

"You may be right"-Billy Joel

The Voice

"To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society."
Theodore Roosevelt

Thats a great quote!

Lanivan

Nice choice, Voice!

Wingmaster

Funny how you miss the orginal post.

Lanivan

An oversight not meant to be taken personally. However, which would you choose for sheer journalistic poetry - nice choice voice, or nice choice wingmaster?

At any rate, kudos for a relevant and fitting selection, quotemaster.

The Voice

"To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society."
Theodore Roosevelt

Thats a great quote!

MaHubah

Maybe Vlad and Lan can have a beer summit to share their love of vehicles like Odrama and the Cambridge,MA cop. Both empowered to enforce the law, one does without prejudice, one does not.

Lanivan

Great idea! Anyone who has had a near-death experience in a VW bug is invited to share in the hilarity....

Vladtheimp

A beer summit almost caused my VW near-death experience - wouldn't want to be a part of silencing the voice of the independent Lanivan.

Lanivan

Aahhh...so sweet. Too bad it was too long ago to blame Obama in some way. We are fortunate our current vehicles keep us safer thanks to federally-mandated seat belts, collapsible steering columns, and head restraints. Those pesky rules and regulations, telling us what to do!

Wingmaster

Don't forget the fact we still have the freedom to choose our gas guzzling SUV's and pickups that surround us with a lot more metal and height to stay above the carnage!

Lanivan

Except for those who - some just recently - have perished in SUV rollover crashes....:(

Wingmaster

A tank would not have protected the occupant of this most recent crash. Another example of how your Lib lenses look past the what causes a problem or a death to move forward an agenda! Lyin Eyes-Eagles

Lanivan

Harsh. Talk about agendas! I don't have a problem with SUV/trucks - in fact one or the other has been a family member for the past 15 years. Just don't rebut government mandated safety policies with stating that SUV's have a greater safety record, because I don't know that to be the case. Of course, you must always find a way to get a lib dig in somehow....Not Ready to Make Nice, Dixie Chix.

I'd say we're on our way to year #19.

Wingmaster

Just because you don't know understand physics don't doubt my..... American Ride -Toby Keift

Wingmaster

Toby Keith that is, a perfect anecdote to the Dixie Chicks.

Lanivan

I was referring to SUV rollover safety - http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/fr...

What do you say we..."Bury the Hatchet", Garth Brooks.

Wingmaster

You are sighting a 12 year old article that has more to do with the Firestone tire recall then anything. Still, all of the NHTSA things to do are related to common sense, not the vehicle. The last two are related to the vehicle but still is a common sense thing:

-Avoid conditions that could lead to loss of vehicle control. These conditions include driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; driving when excessively drowsy; and speeding.
-Be careful on rural roads....Huh?
-Avoid extreme panic-like steering. NHTSA advises, "If your vehicle should go off the roadway, gradually reduce the vehicle speed and then ease the vehicle back on to the roadway when it is safe to do so."
-Maintain tires properly and replace them when necessary.
-Load vehicles properly. When loaded down with additional weight -- such as passengers, luggage, and equipment -- SUVs become less stable.
-Compared to most sedans and station wagons, SUVs have a higher center of gravity. Therefore the extra weight, which typically rides above an SUV's center of gravity, makes the vehicle tip more easily.

You want to bury the hatchet? I will use the same caution the Reagan did when he dealt with Russia and nukes. "Trust but verify."

Vladtheimp

In support of Wing, see http://youtu.be/ExQUGk12S8U

In support of Lanivan, see http://online.wsj.com/video/chev...

Personally, my wife and I each drive SUVs, chosen (1) for safety; (2) for comfort (3) to p.o. every green weenie driving an over-prived Chevy Volt.

Wingmaster

Funny how the same dynamics apply in the arena of ideals. In both cases I have the same edge for the same reasons as the videos;)

Lanivan

Watching that '59 BelAir disintegrate on impact is horrifying. To think we were packed into those cars back in the '50's - no seat belts, nothing. By the time the '70's rolled around (and more gov't safety features), Jim Rockford's Pontiac Firebird seemed to hold up pretty well with at least 1 crash in every show.....

I have news for you - the "weenies" driving those Chevy Volts, etc could care less if you choose to make the gasoline station's quota, just so long as you don't get up in their grill.

Vladtheimp

The point is, they would end up in my grill.

Lanivan

My point exactly. The saying is a quaint vernacular among the Millenials, in this case meaning don't get on their tail so they end up in your grill.

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