If I Ruled the World (8/4/09)
Today begins a new, occasional series on Point of View called "If I Ruled the World." And in these pieces, normal concerns about real-world feasibility are out the window. Anything is fair game, as long as I want it.
So let's start.
If I ruled the world, drivers caught using any hand-held cell phones - for texting OR talking - would get the same treatment as those who drive while drunk. Because it's indisputable that drivers using these devices are nearly as impaired as someone who's intoxicated.
I'd also make it mandatory for theatres of all kinds to jam all cell phone signals within their walls. Your kid doesn't want to miss any text, tweet or talk times with their friends?
Fine. They can stay home where they won't bother anyone trying to enjoy a night out.
If I ruled the world, there'd be huge fines and long mandatory jail terms for anyone convicted of maliciously spreading a computer virus. Viruses are designed to damage other people's property and should be treated as such.
And finally, if I ruled the world, I'd do everything in my power to make sure little kids got to attend their neighborhood elementary schools. I know all the reasons why they currently don't, but I also know there's something seriously wrong with six- and seven-year olds spending hours on a bus every morning and afternoon.
But how about you? What would you do if YOU ruled the world?
Call and let us know.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View