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News (Media Awareness Project) - US MI: Editorial: Quick Hits: Dump Parking Bill
Title:US MI: Editorial: Quick Hits: Dump Parking Bill
Published On:2012-01-28
Source:Detroit News (MI)
Fetched On:2012-01-31 06:01:30

Even opposition from House Speaker Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, couldn't
stop the House from passing legislation that would block any motorist
with three or more parking tickets from renewing their driver's
license. Under current law, drivers with six parking tickets can be
prevented from renewing their licenses. Vehicle owners would have to
pay what they owe for the three or more parking tickets, plus a $45
penalty, to get back their driving privileges. Assuming this proposed
law scared more drivers into settling up and paying the penalty, it
would create revenue for municipalities. Detroit says it has $30
million worth of unpaid parking tickets. But the more likely prospect
is that it would add to the number of motorists who will drive
without licenses because they can't afford the penalties but need
their vehicles to get to work each day. This example of proposed
government overreach also violates the principle of having the
punishment fit the crime. The Sen! ate, where it goes next, should
kick it to the curb.

Poor economy hurts kids

The annual Kids Count in Michigan report released this week shed some
light on the challenges facing the state's children. The report is a
joint effort of the Michigan League for Human Services and Michigan's
Children. Child abuse and neglect rose by 34 percent in the past
decade, an alarming trend the report pegs on prolonged high
unemployment and insufficient social programs. Nearly half of the
public school children in Michigan qualify for free and reduced price
lunches. In Detroit, that number spikes to more than 80 percent.
Abuse and neglect rose partly because more children battle chronic
conditions like obesity and feel the stress of financial difficulty
at home. The report's authors point to the state's new, stricter
limits on welfare and reduced unemployment assistance as harmful to
the neediest. The report illustrates the need to improve the economy
and help create jobs.

Cox pot admission should spark reform

So Mike Cox smoked pot when he was in college? That gives the former
attorney general, who made the admission during a forum on legalizing
marijuana at Wayne State University on Friday, something in common
with most men his age who attended college. The widespread
recreational use of marijuana at one time or another by people across
the demographic spectrum should provide an opening for a serious
discussion of a petition drive to legalize pot.

It would be a fine time for leaving entrenched positions and
examining the cost/benefit ratio of continuing the futile war on
marijuana. At the very least it should move the needle on revising
this state's confusing legislation on medical marijuana.
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