A pig in the parlor: SB136 is misguided effort

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  • Ultrabob402 Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 21, 2012 9:56 p.m.

    JoeCapitalist2 Thanks for responding and giving me the opportunity to spout my noise.

    As an Liberal American I have owned and used guns for hunting and recreation. I still own guns but no longer hunt. Neither of these issues can be designated as liberal or conservative.

    The argument of whether or not the government can force people to go against their personal preferences is also useless and without meaning. There is probably no law anywhere, from any government, any religion, or any collective where all the members, citizens will be in agreement.

    Mostly we depend on voluntary compliance with the law, whether or not we agree with it has no bearing on the consequences if be break the law. Force is necessary only when someone breaks the law and refuses to take responsibility of the consequences.

    As I understood the argument, the government was not forcing individuals to do any thing in conflict with their conscience but would require a business to operate within all laws and regulations that apply to businesses regardless of who or what the owner is.

    Businesses are not people. The government has the authority, the right and the duty to see that business operates in the desires of all the people not just the owners.

  • JP71 Ogden, UT
    Feb. 21, 2012 7:43 p.m.

    These billboards are not only tasteless but they are a safety concern for distracted drivers. The pictures on these billboards change every 8 seconds. If I wanted to live in a place that looked like Las Vegas I would move to Las Vegas.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 21, 2012 9:57 a.m.

    I donât like advertising.

    I donât like outdoor advertising because:

    It is very difficult, if not possible, to avoid. Especially when there is movement.

    It is distracting to my attention to other things. Driving, walking, talking etc.

    It covers up the things I want to see. The world of natural beauty.

    It mostly tells only partial truths and sometimes outright lies.

    The same objections apply to most other types of advertising, TV, radio, etc.

    Advertising is an anti-free market tool used by businesses to prevent price and quality competition. It allows the higher price to be charged.

    It is a violation of my Constitutional right to the privacy and security of my own life.

    I like advertising when it does itâs proper job.

    Advertising is needed to provide the public with information about the availability and location of a product.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Feb. 21, 2012 9:39 a.m.

    Name just ONE citizen who asked for this, just ONE!

    Special interests + $$$ = Secret Combinations

    Follow the money.

    Sen. Wayne Niederhauser's and his SB136 should be ashamed of himself, period.

    And this from the State who wants the over-reaching arm of the Feds to keep out and mind their own business, hypocrites!

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Feb. 21, 2012 8:27 a.m.

    This is a no-brainer. Government by and for special interests.

  • John Charity Spring Back Home in Davis County, UT
    Feb. 21, 2012 8:15 a.m.

    Without a doubt, electronic billboards harm the quality of life of all who see them. Their endless promotion of breast augmentation and liposuction is offensive to all citizens with any sense of decency. However, it should be up to the local communities to ban these evil influences, not the state legisllature.

    For far too long, the legislature has railed against the federal government for dictating what should be done by the states. And yet, the legislature is quick to impose its will on local communities. Only an organization overcome by ego could fail to see the irony here.

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    Feb. 21, 2012 7:31 a.m.

    Follow the money.

  • JDL Magna, UT
    Feb. 21, 2012 7:29 a.m.

    Personally, I think electronic message centers are much more appealing than the static type. I also think it is reasonable to standardize advertizing regulations along Interstate and state highways.

  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 21, 2012 12:27 a.m.

    For all their yammering about the sanctity of "local control," and the evils of "big government," these legislators sure are in a hurry to seize power for themselves.

    How can we find out how much Reagan Outdoor Advertising and other billboard companies have contributed to Sen. Niederhauser?