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Amy Hutsko
Attended University of Texas at Arlington
Lives in Prospect, LA
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Sometimes, you know, being an ass for no apparent reason... NOT A GOOD IDEA!
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Julia's Mexican Restaurant
2204 Worley Drive, Alexandria, LA 71301
Easy to forget how long you've been there! They are sooo friendly, and the owner is always on duty! I've eaten there several times, and I'm never disappointed. Good food, reasonable prices, and a family atmosphere.
Food ExcellentDecor ExcellentService Very Good
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Okay, recently I have been learning a few things about a subject that is fast becoming an important one in my life: car seats.  I have learned that the laws are a little behind technology, and lot behind reality.  I have also been doing a little thinking on the subject, and here's where it's taken me...

I spend an awful lot of breathe saying "you can't regulate common sense" only to find myself guilty of allowing the law, and thereby the government, to tell me exactly how to do things that are entirely my responsibility.

Did I really need the government to tell me that allowing my children to move about freely in a 2000 pound, fiberglass and rubber moving target is a bad idea in light of the fact that there is potential for a much heavier, 70mph bullet to stop me in my tracks?  Did I really need the government to tell me that drinking too much soda is bad for me, or that I should find out what's in my food and make an informed decision before I eat fast food?

Did I really need the government to tell me that my children are safer in a rear facing car seat than in a forward facing one, even at the age of 3?  Oh, wait... the government didn't tell me that.

You see, research has been done, by independent organizations, on the safety of children and car seats, and the development of their spine - NOT by the government or the companies the sell car seats - which tells us that the development of our spine is not fully complete until well into adulthood.  In fact, it tells us that a mere 35mph head on impact can cause an internal decapitation in a child under the age of 6.  In a rear facing car seat, the child is reclined and the momentum is absorbed by the back of the seat, saving the child from serious, heart breaking repercussions.

So, when it comes to the safety of my child, who is in a rear facing car seat despite the funny looks from even her own dear Daddy, I rely on the recommendations of these experts, and purchase my car seats based upon their ability to keep her safely in that position for as long as possible.  When it comes to the safety, health, and finances of my family, I rely on my good old fashioned common sense, some research, and the advice of experts - in all things.  I do not rely on the bare minimum required by the law, and I certainly don't use the excuse "well that's what the law requires."

When the makers of our Constitution wrote down their words, they acknowledged that we, the people, had a mind of our own, and the right to use it to make our own choices, and the freedom to make mistakes.  We also have the responsibility to live up to our own common sense, and to suffer the consequences of our mistakes.  In this, I mean that we, the people, have the right to do something stupid - such as riding in a speeding vehicle with no seat belt on - but we also have the responsibility to suffer the consequences of those actions when our common sense has failed us - such as the injuries that are caused by flying forward into the windshield because we weren't properly fastened in our seats.

Likewise, if we choose to go about having sex with every man we meet, and end up with an unwanted pregnancy, should we expect the government to come to our rescue?

What, exactly, are we asking the government to do?  The Constitution guarantees us the right to seek happiness, protection from international threats, and mediation among the many states.  It does NOT promise happiness, a perfect life, or freedom from our own actions.

So when we complain about the federal government limiting our abilities to do this, that, or the other, when we complain about what they are or are not doing, should we not remember that we, the people, once were given the right to choose, and that right comes with the responsibility to suffer the consequences of poor choices?

I have to live with what I do or don't do, and the pitfalls those decisions cause in my life.  Bad business decision?  My business could fail!  Bad financial choice?  I could lose everything.

It's up to me, not the government, to make sure that my child is safely secured in my vehicle.  If something happens because I made a poor choice, it is MY FAULT, not the state's fault.  I can't sue the state because doing the bare minimum allowed by the state wasn't safe enough.  Therefore, it's up to me to use common sense, do a little research and find out the facts, and make the choices that best suit me and mine.  And it's mine to suffer when I don't.  I teach my kids to do the same - because they must also suffer the consequences of poor choices.

So what's my point?

I like to use my common sense, I like to think for myself, and I like to make my own choices... that's my right as a citizen of the United States of America.  It's a part of who we are.

Just as I don't want the government telling me what I can and cannot do in my daily life, I do not want to rely on it tell me what is and what isn't a good idea.  If we want the freedom to make our own choices, we must accept that we also have to take the responsibility of using our own brains, and our own common sense, to make these kinds of choices every day, without relying on the federal government to hold us up when we suffer failure at our own hands.
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A "pool" table... I want one!
 
Lets Play Pool!
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Lesson for the day: Should you have a concealed handgun permit, and choose to carry your handgun in your pocket, MAKE SURE YOU PUT THE SAFETY ON. Otherwise you might shoot yourself in the ass!
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/07/24/texas-man-accidentally-fires-gun-in-walmart/
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I think, maybe, that might have been... not sure, though, but let's see if she can scream it a little louder!
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Who stole what idea from whom?
 
We were always ahead of our time.
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Prospect, LA
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Fort Worth, TX - Ocala, FL - Victorville, CA - Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
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  • University of Texas at Arlington
    Interdisciplinary Studies, 2000 - 2004
  • Eastern Hills High School
    1993
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Easy to forget how long you've been there! They are sooo friendly, and the owner is always on duty! I've eaten there several times, and I'm never disappointed. Good food, reasonable prices, and a family atmosphere.
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