November 15, 2012 |
“Nanny” alert! Two essays in a journal this week explore a radical idea: People who smoke tobacco should have to buy licenses. OK, so something like that may be a nonstarter in the U.S. today, but it's enough within the realm of possibility elsewhere to engage two public health experts in open debate. As one of the writers notes, “endgame” discussions are already taking place among smoking cessation circles and New Zealand, for one, has declared a goal of becoming smoke-free by 2025.
June 28, 2008
Re "Religious license," Opinion, June 21 The cartoon poking fun at South Carolina's new Christian license plates made its point. However, the (Vermont) Buddhism plate used the yin-yang symbol of Taoism instead of the eight-spoked wheel of Buddhism, and the Hindu sacred word "Om" rather than a Buddhist prayer such as the Nembutsu. Nor will Mormons be pleased at being called "weird" on the Utah plate. I would have preferred "HOLSUM" with the bugling Angel Moroni symbol and the words, "Got tithes?"
March 25, 2013 |
Plaxico Burress no longer has a driver's license, according to a report by TMZ.com. The Florida Department of Motor Vehicles is said to have suspended the Pittsburgh Steelers receiver's license Monday after he failed to cough up the damages he was ordered to pay a woman who claimed to be injured in a 2008 car crash with the NFL veteran. The woman, Alise Smith, sued to have Burress pay the medical bills for her neck and back injuries and was awarded $125,000 plus interest by a judge in January 2012.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 1992
Can anyone tell me why each of our elected or appointed representatives in national, state and local government offices, at all levels, should not be required to pass an examination and be licensed for their occupation? There are strict legal requirements for so many other occupations that require the public to trust a person who performs a service that requires specialized knowledge and training. We place our trust in physicians, lawyers, airline pilots, bus drivers, real-estate agents, etc. Who all require licenses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO--A bill that would allow people in the country illegally to get a driver's license cleared its final legislative hurdle Thursday night and is on its way to the governor. The measure would allow the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue a license to a qualified driver even if that person cannot provide proof of citizenship. "We've had far too many families that have been divided, far too many workers that have been deported for not having something so basic, so simple as a driver's license," said its author, Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville)
November 8, 2013 |
A New Hampshire man fought in the state's top court Thursday for the right to get a vanity license plate reading “COPSLIE," prompting a debate about free speech. The former David Montenegro -- who has officially changed his name to “human,” as he was called in court -- had tried to buy the plate multiple times in 2010 but was rejected by the New Hampshire Department of Motor Vehicles. He sued, lost and appealed to the New Hampshire Supreme Court. The state's regulations say a vanity plate must “not be capable of an obscene interpretation” and “not be ethnically, racially, or which a reasonable person would find offensive to good taste.” The plaintiff, joined by the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union, argued that “good taste” is too subjective, and therefore allows discriminatory practices in issuing license places. Anthony Galdieri, an attorney representing the civil liberties union, argued that ambiguity in the regulation allows for arbitrary denials.