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A mandate, within reason

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Flesh detection technology is the term being used, and it's creating quite a stir.

I am on the fence about the whole thing. Like anything else, it's a hotly contended issue. Personally, I agree with A.J. (“It’s coming. Deal with it.”) in that it's going to happen, like it or not. My biggest issue is the idea of mandating by law the purchase of a specific product.

I have the same issue with mandating the purchase of health insurance. Insurance is a product. And to me, the idea of passing a law that every man, woman and child in the country purchase that product is appalling. It could be argued that one is required by law to purchase auto insurance if they operate an automobile on a public roadway. But there is no law that requires one to buy an automobile. Nor is there a law requiring anyone to buy a table saw.

With the table saw question I could probably swallow the mandate to include the technology on all new saws sold in this country. But I would balk at requiring manufacturer's to incorporate a specific technology or product.

I also think we should maintain as much reason on the subject as possible. I seriously doubt that the safety police will be raiding shops and garages, confiscating table saws and forcing the purchase of new ones. Let's not get carried away!

D.D.

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