Daily Archives: June 1, 2013

Being a legislator means never lacking something new to regulate

I heard on the news today that Governor Cuomo has just signed a law dramatically increasing the penalties for driving while texting”. All the usual “if it saves the life of one child” blather, but I regretted that no one at the press conference asked him what data he and his legislators were basing their action on. After their use of spurious data in whooping their gun control bill through, I’m sensitive to “feel good, it must make sense” laws that in fact are based on nothing.

But we have that same opportunity to ask our own elected representatives here in Connecticut, because our own Freddie Camillo has gotten a similar law pushed through. Texting is a pretty new phenomenon and spreading like wildfire, so you’d expect to see an increase in motor vehicle accidents attributable to distracted, right? You’d be disappointed if you did. Here’s what I could find in about three minutes of Googling, from the US Census 2012 summary.

Now it’s entirely possible that there are other data out there that do support Camillo and his colleagues’ assertion that texting while driving is a growing problem that must be addressed, right now, but he doesn’t mention it. My hunch is that these guys didn’t even bother trying to see if they had anything to support their action and just went with the usual, “make it look like we’re doing something” school of politicking.

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Redistricting Information Hub

(Picture courtesy of Greenwich Democratic Party)

(Picture courtesy of Greenwich Democratic Party)

New site set up for redistricting news in Greenwich. I’ll put a permanent link up on the side in a minute: Greenwichschoolkids.com.  This is a concerned parent’s effort. I myself am working on getting a third party slate of candidates going in time for the fall election so we can bounce each and every BOE candidate who won’t take the pledge and disavow redistricting on racial lines.

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With time on their hands, Greenwich P&Z staff takes a busman’s holiday at the border

Canadian relief supplies for tornado victims intercepted by diligent Homeland Security Forces

A Canadian shipment of relief goods bound for storm-ravaged Oklahoma has been stopped at the Canada-U.S. border in Windsor, Ont.

American officials will not allow the 20,000 kilograms of food, blankets and diapers into the country until every item on board is itemized in alphabetical order and has the country of origin of every product noted.

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