Cell phones Drivers should stop the car when they want to use their cell phones A new report by a leading Minnesota medical association makes clear what common sense already dictates: Talking on a cell phone while driving unnecessarily puts lives on the line.
It starts the moment a driver takes their eyes off the road to dial the phone. It continues when the talker is distracted by the conversation and deprived of the use of one hand while holding the phone. Even ending the conversation is another reason to stop watching the road, if even for a second.
The same doctors also condemned other distracting activities, like messing with a CD player, while driving. But there are few other things that engulf someone's attention like talking on the phone.
It's far too easy to be lulled into complacency by the seeming ease of driving, and to assume that nothing bad is going to happen in a quick moment of distraction. But disaster can strike in a hurry.
Cell phones are good to have in a vehicle in case of emergency -- there's no disputing that. But for their own sake and the sake of other drivers and pedestrians, folks should stop the car if they need to make a call -- or just wait until they get where they're going. Otherwise, cell phones can cause emergencies rather than help fix them.
--The Albert Lea Tribune
Governor Jesse Ventura uses his bully pulpit for a good cause
Gov. Jesse Ventura excited younger voters in the 1998 election. He got them to the polls -- many for the first time. And now, he's trying again.
While in Mankato Wednesday, Ventura urged young people to vote on Nov. 7.
It's nice to see the governor use his bully pulpit for such a good cause. ...
(Ventura) talked about voter turnout in the 1998 election. That year, Minnesota led the nation with about 60 percent of registered voters casting a ballot.
This year, Ventura wants a 70 percent voter turnout. That's an attainable goal, if 18-to-21-year-olds agree to get involved.
Ventura's right on this issue. More people need to take an interest in the election and cast their vote for the candidates they think will best represent them -- at the local level, at the state level and at the federal level.
Our democracy depends on an active, informed citizenry.
Ventura also advised the young people to stop worrying about whether their vote is wasted. He noted that during the 1998 gubernatorial election, Democrats and Republicans said a vote for him would be a wasted vote.
That election speaks for itself. ...
--The Free Press of Mankato
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