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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Ban texting

I watched as a car turned down Perryville Road toward Cape Rock Drive. The young woman at the wheel was texting on her phone. She went across the center line, barely missed a pole, barely missed two parked cars and went on the sidewalk before making a left turn. I sure hope we get a law banning texting while driving. I wish cars wouldn't run if you're texting. There are going to be a lot of serious injuries and wrecks because of this. Come on, lawmakers, let's do it right.

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Good morning! ☻

Ban texting....I DO NOT support a ban on texting or cell phone use. We already have careless and imprudent driving laws. I will agree, however, that more times than not an erractic driver is on the phone.

-- Posted by Turnip on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 8:50 AM

good morning ☺

Ban texting ----- people have used CB radios in their cars and big rigs for years , no one ever complained ....now that we have advanced to cellphones , it seems to be a sudden , evil problem ...i'm still trying to find the difference in someone using a CB radio or a cellphone ....

anyone who texts while they drive deserve whatever fate awaits them...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 9:02 AM

I think when people text while driving they are putting themselves in danger as well as all others. I think it should be against the law to do so.

-- Posted by linberg66 on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 9:21 AM

..um , Wheels , ya got your glasses on ? j/k...

maybe they are updating their website or something...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 9:40 AM


I have SBC Global, but I believe technically it's AT&T. Mine was fine this morning.

I've had that happen before, but danged if I can remember what I had to do to fix it.

You may try going to 'View' and see what the zoom is set on.

-- Posted by SpankTheTank on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 9:47 AM

And I remember they days of telephones when you picked up the earpiece, put it to your ear and wait for the pleasant voice operator ask you, "Number please." You spoke the number you wanted which you subsequently got (if you spoke the right number). You could just ask for the police or fire department and get connected.

Those phones looked like relics of World War I but were sturdy and reliable. Uncomplicated and straight forward too. Modern changes, bah humbug (sometimes)!

-- Posted by voyager on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 10:35 AM


You're a freaking genuis."

LOL. I keep telling my wife that, but she tells me I'm full of...well, you know.

When you email the check, just make sure it's made out to 'The Spankster'.


I don't go back that far, but I do remember having to listen to how many 'rings' before you answered it. That was when you only dialed 4 numbers, and if you called a neighbor, you had to dial it and hang up until they answered. Those were the good old days.

-- Posted by SpankTheTank on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 10:54 AM

Ban texting....I DO NOT support a ban on texting or cell phone use. We already have careless and imprudent driving laws. I will agree, however, that more times than not an erractic driver is on the phone.

-- Posted by Turnip on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 8:50 AM

I COMPLETELY agree - I don't think that there needs to be a NEW law to ban texting or cell phone use. The current laws should already cover that - if you can't talk on the phone and drive correctly, you probably should also remove your radio and passengers as well, because obiviously you cannot multi-task.

-- Posted by Jennalynn on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 10:58 AM

See the Vista...since it seems to be cliche day..."As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all people"...For sure Walt was the consummate embracer...it seems he mostly liked to "embrace all" of the male persuasion...

Ban texting...you're right, I did almost hit that pole, didn't I...guess I'll have to be more careful! Sorry!

-- Posted by Hawker on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 1:33 PM

voyager ... I still remember our phone number, and my grandma's, from those days. Why on earth can I remember those, but not remember ... well, other more important things?

Ban texting ... ban talking to or listening to any passengers in the vehicle ... ban holding a cup of coffee or eating a burger while driving ... ban tuning the radio or putting a CD into the slot ... Could we just ban every 'distraction' and be done with it?

Some might get the idea that I'm against any more laws (Don't we have enough already?) ... Some might be correct.

-- Posted by gurusmom on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 3:15 PM

remember when phone nos. started with letters instead of numbers , like BR5-6543..

we lived back in the hills and had a party line , lotsa times a person would pick up the phone to make a call and somebody else , a neighbor most proberly , was already using the party line talking to a friend , a relative , whatever.....

-- Posted by ..Rick on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 8:43 PM

Our number was 1301R and we shared a party line with three other families. As a child I listened in on neighbor conversations. More enlightening than the Missourian or KFVS. LOL

-- Posted by Balmy on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 11:24 PM

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