The City Of Lubbock and many of it's citizens continues on it's path to protect other Lubbockites from themselves. Pretty soon we're going to legislate ourselves to the point that we can't leave the house. Seriously, there's dangerous stuff out there, and the people doing it, know it.

Add "texting and driving" to the list of things Lubbock wants to ban. Yes it's BAD. Yes, it kills people. NO you're not going to stop anyone from doing it. All you're going to do is up the city budget by having to post signs all around the city limits. Proponents will tell you "it just gives the police another tool to use in the fight to blah, blah, blah." A cop can already pull over a driver that is texting on a suspicion of reckless endangerment or something. So what's the point of the law? It's just "feel good" legislation.

We're seeing the same thing with the synthetic marijuana ban and the tornado sirens.  There's a certain group of citizens out there that want to cover everyone with bubble wrap and there's a certain group of pandering politicians who are more than willing to paint us into the corner with laws. We saw it before when they tried to ban pit bulls from city limits.

Now, don't be stupid. Synthetic marijuana and texting and driving are stupid and dangerous. Putting a fork into electrical outlets is also dangerous. Huffing brake fluid is dangerous. Skateboarding on a hill is dangerous. Football is dangerous (and has resulted in more critical accidents than all the synthetic pot and texting combined). You simply cannot legislate morality. There is no freedom if you don't have freedom over your own self.

So what's it going to be? Those of you who scream about "freedom" in this country need to realize that it starts right here in Lubbock. Right now a lot of people seem concerned that their phone calls were listened to. Doesn't it bother you more that someone wants to take that phone from you? Doesn't it bother you that somebody wants to tell you what you can and can't do with your own body? Doesn't it bother you that you have to pay for a warning system because some people are too damn stupid to keep up with the weather when it's turning bad?

The city council needs to be told plainly and simply - fix the roads, pay our first responders, water our parks then get the hell out of our business.