Thursday, July 26, 2007

Speed Warnings?

According to the Fort Worth Star Telegram, their is legislation trying to be passed that will set up cameras on Texas highways to monitor cars that are speeding. Previously this year there has already been a bill passed against this type of technology to catch speeders. This $2.5 million dollar project is intended to "[look] at technology to see how useful it may be to let us test or change speed limits", and there is no plan to give speeders tickets, just warnings. The article link is After reading this article I concluded that this bill should NOT be passed. To me it is not worth $2.5 million dollars to "see how useful it may be" to use this technology. What if the technology is not useful? It would be a waste of $2.5 million dollars that could have been productively used elsewhere, as well as a lot of time spent installing these camera's, sending warnings, etc. The highways that are going to be used in this project were Highway 6 and I-10, both of which I can say with confidence that there are many people who speed, as well as many people who receive tickets for speeding. The speed limit on these highways is usually 70, and because many people disregard this speed limit anyway, I think that a higher speed limit would be even more dangerous, and a lower one would be ineffective. Also sending warnings to speeders will not stop them from speeding, so this project would not stop drivers from speeding, if anything it would make them slow down where they new the cameras were. Overall, I think that this money could be used better elsewhere.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Health Insurance for Children

As I was going through different blogs/websites on my blog roll, I saw that there were a lot of articles on children's health insurance and a bill to increase the government funding for children's health insurance. Currently, the program CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program) is funding children's health insurance, and there is a bill to renew this program, which would approve $35 billion in funds, which would be paid for by an increase in the tax of cigarettes. There is debate though whether this bill should be renewed: some problems including its shift of billions of dollars from the private funding to government funding, and disagreement with the increase of tax on cigarettes. Because there were many articles on this subject, I think that it is important in the current news. This is a link with basic information on the argument: