Saturday, August 13, 2005

One of Spotty's little hot buttons . . .

The tall grass is now hooked up to the web. Who knew?

There was a letter in today's Strib (8/13) that pushed one of Spotty's buttons.
Park students' cars

Facing yet another round of high gasoline and crude oil prices as well as the need to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, I have a simple solution.

Currently there is a seat reserved on every school bus in America for those attending public schools. There may be convenient, but not practical, reasons for a "child" to drive a car to school. Driving is a privilege, not a right. It's time to suspend the practice of students being allowed to drive to public school. This would save millions of barrels of gasoline each year.

Lance Nemanic, Shakopee.
No it's not the suggestion that kids take the bus rather than drive to high school. We all need to make better use of transit, not just high school kids. The students who want to drive to school are, after all, just emulating their parents.

What really cheeses Spotty off is the statement that driving is a privilege, not a right. Really? Then the government could decide to deprive all people with green eyes or red hair of driver's licenses. Or maybe black people.

We are all fed this privilege crapola from the time we start learning to drive. The fact is that if you are old enough, pass the tests, and keep your record clean enough it is your civil right to drive. And don't let Lance or some door knob at the DMV tell you otherwise.

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