Over the past few months we've discussed many issues and you've been kind enough to provide feedback on those topics and many others. This week we'll once again dig into the mailbag to see what's on your mind.
When the no-smoking laws kicked in last month the Consider This feedback also increased...
Teri Sykes writes... "In this day and age it is hard to believe that our government can take our rights away with one vote. Our country is more communist then the countries that we are fighting. I choose to smoke but I do consider the rights of others when I do. Please tell our government that this is supposed to be a free country not a dictatorship. Our forefathers would turn over in their graves to know that what they fought so hard to get (our freedom) is now taken away so easily."
Thanks, Teri. Your's is just one of many comments we received focusing on "rights" being taken away. Actually, from our viewpoint, by limiting smoking it is actually protecting many people, particularly children and workers, and preserving their right to good health. We often see... No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service... just add another S... No Smoking.
We had several comments regarding our littering commentary a few weeks ago...
Rodney Harling is concerned that there is no enforcement after calls are placed to authorties... "I feel your efforts would be better served to make an effort to get law enforcement to follow up on these phone calls. After it has been reported that a few litter tickets have been issued as a result of the phone reports, then maybe the litterbugs will think before throwing their trash out the windows.
To litter demonstrates the height of laziness. It takes a very lazy fool to throw trash out of their car, rather than taking it on home."
And Michael Weaver of Jonesboro took issues with basically any laws...
"How far are you going to let the government tell you what you can and can't do. They are already deep into our pockets with taxation and they trying to control the way we live our lives. If I see some smoking in their car with a child, well it's their problem. If a business owner wants smoking in their establishment that is their right. If I see you litter then shame on you. It is not the government problem it is ours to police not the government. I see you litter then I'm going to talk to you. I see you smoking with children then I'm going to talk to you. When are we going to start looking after each other instead of waiting for the government to do it?"
Michael, that sounds a little like the way things were handled in the wild, wild west. That really didn't work out too well for a lot of folks. It seems some government involvement and effective law enforcement is a better answer.
We've been running Look Twice Save A Life announcements and continue to get feedback on motorcycle topics...
Tina and Eric Stephenson from Ravenden appreciate the promotional spots...
"WE LOVE SEEING THE MOTORCYCLES GO BY OUR HOUSE AND THERE HAVE BEEN TIMES WHERE WE HAVE SEEN CLOSE CALLS WITH ANOTHER CAR OR TRUCK. WE JUST HOPE MAYBE IT will HIT HOME WITH SOMEONE ELSE AND THEY WILL WATCH FOR THEM OR ANYONE ELSE AND BE SMART AND LOOK TWICE TO SAVE A LIFE."
M.G. Tate of Hoxie wants the respect to go both ways. M.G. shared several examples where motorcyclists were creating the hazardous conditions... and said... "Granted not all motorcyclists act this way but those who do are the cause for any disrespect motorists may show toward them. Before motorcyclists blame motorists in general for any accidents they are involved in, they should clean up their own act. How about some respect for and obedience to traffic laws and courtesy to other drivers by motorcyclists too!"
It works both ways... If all of us, motorists and motorcyclists, look twice... we really can save lives.
And don't forget... this Friday we need your help to raise funds to bring home the men and women of the 875th... From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Operation Freedom Furlough is underway. We need to raise around $65,000... which is about $150 per soldier... to pay for their bus fare to and from Wisconsin to see their families. Get together with your friends, co-workers, church, whoever, and see if you can sponsor one soldier. There are just over 400 men and women and if we all pitch in we can bring them home before they are deployed to Iraq.
Tune in Friday and we'll tell you what to do... Have a great week.