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Morning roll call

May 12, 2010 - Blaine Hyska
Treat others as you wish to be treated. The Golden Rule’s timeless message cuts to the heart of being human.

Still, this philosophy of goodness can mean different things to different people. Some people want to be free to do as they wish, as long as it’s not hurting others. They say, “Go ahead. Sing, dance, be merry, have fun.” As long as it doesn’t get in the way, they’re OK with it.

Others are concerned with safety. They want to watch out for people, and make sure people are living healthy, safe lives.

Both groups of citizens are pleasant folks; they just don’t see eye-to-eye. Health care bill supporters want everyone covered by health insurance. They want the best of medical care for everyone in case of emergencies or unexpected illnesses. Their intentions are good.

The intentions are good for health care opponents as well. They want citizens to be free to choose what to do or not to do with their money. Unnecessary government regulations bother them. They cherish freedom.

They study previous government action and see regulations. The seat belt law is a good example. Years ago — in the 1950s — automakers offered seat belts as optional equipment, almost as a sales gimmick. Later, automakers were required to install safety belts on all their cars, and in 1984, New York became the first state mandating their use. Now it’s everywhere.

For the safety conscious, that’s progress. For freedom lovers, that’s oppression.

Health care, seat belts and smoking laws are on the books. The health/safety conscious folks are now looking at fast food, exercise, sun exposure and a slew of other concerns.

Is mandatory morning roll call at the fitness club far behind?


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