Uncle Roger's Notebooks of Daily Life

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My life is, to me, ripe with frequent challenges, occasional successes, spontaneous laughter, adequate tears, and enough *life* to last me a lifetime. To you, however, it surely seems most pedestrian. And therefore, I recycle the name I used previously and call this my Notebooks of Daily Life. Daily, because it's everyday in nature, ordinary. These conglomeration of events that are my life are of interest to me because I live it, perhaps mildly so to those who are touched by it, and could only be of perverse, morbid curiosity to anyone else. Yet, I offer them here nonetheless. Make of them what you will, and perhaps you can learn from my mistakes.


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Wednesday, May 05, 2004

The politics of smoke

I was listening to KGO a bit this morning (I just listen for the traffic, honest!) on the way in and caught a bit of the Ronn Owens show. The topic of the moment was a bill, AB 2997, that is quietly making its way through the state assembly that would make it illegal to smoke in a car when kids are present.

You can get complete information about this bill online, including the text of the bill as of April 12, 2004. It was introduced by Assemblyman Marco Firebaugh from -- believe it or not -- Los Angeles.

I am fully in support of this bill.

There are those who would argue that this is far too much of an invasion of the goverment into people's private lives and private spaces. I disagree.

We, as a society, certainly have the right to limit what individuals do in order to protect the society as a whole and to protect those who cannot protect themselves.

Children, in addition to being especially susceptible to second-hand smoke, are unable to make the choice not to ride wtih a smoker, especially when that smoker is a parent. It is for this reason that this bill is a necessity.

On a similar note, I've been thinking for quite a while that we need a similar prohibition on smoking while pregnant.

The long and the short of it is, if you make the choice to have a child, then you must accept the responsibility that goes along with it. Period.

Being a parent means making choices based on what is best for your children. Yes, I believe that a parent simply should not smoke (for several reasons), but I would not go so far as to legislate that, except as it demonstrably affects the children seriously and negatively. Pregnancy certainly meets that criteria.

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