Editor’s Scratchpad

Friday, November 30, 2001

Wisdom on the
back bumper

I saw a bumper sticker the other day that read, "Stupidity should hurt." This is a great concept. Imagine the possibilities ...

>> Someone fails to accelerate to traffic speed while merging onto the freeway: "Yeeeeowch!"

>> Anyone who doesn't live on a farm drives off the dealer lot with a shiny new SUV: "Owwwww!"

>> Some wise guy decides: "We should get these people to come over here and make a TV show. It'll be great for Hawaii tourism. We don't need to worry about plots, acting talent or decent scripts -- the beauty of the islands and their people will be -- AAAAAAGH!"

Power lines would be underground. Lawmakers would put in a solid 10-hour work week (with their salaries adjusted accordingly), find real jobs for their primary incomes, and quit wasting our money passing useless, redundant laws. Parents would take charge instead of worrying about what their children think of them. People would use their turn signals, safe in the knowledge that it won't make their electric bills go up.

Oh, to live in paradise.

--Nancy Christenson McNamee

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