Listener: Pratt on Texas
Date: 16 Mar 2008
Time: 18:34:43 -0700
Remote Name: 188.8.131.52
John Kanelis is editorial page editor of the Amarillo
Globe-News. And in
Sunday’s edition he blasted state rep. Carl Isett of Lubbock for Isett’s
intention to file a bill banning red light cameras in Texas.
The entire editorial was an angry screeching about the oft shouted “local control”.
Here’s what I wrote to Kanelis:
Your attack on State Rep. Carl Isett for wanting to prevent local governments from installing red light camera systems, based on a cry of local control, demonstrates a specious argument if ever there was one.
Traffic law and enforcement methods are not a local government option and have not been. State traffic code has always set the rules and parameters for what is acceptable and not.
So putting aside you being a propagandist for the companies making millions with the cameras, which even the latest study just released by the University of South Florida show increase accidents, your entire foundational argument of local control is a joke.
Texans have a statewide traffic code so that when driving from one jurisdiction to another, citizens are not victimized by changing laws. Your talk of local control is, in short, hooey.
Pratt on Texas
More comment from KFYO's chief Robert Snyder:
In reading this editorial, it somehow doesn’t
surprise me that an Amarillo [word removed] has to use Texas Tech and their
students as a punching bag. This editorial should be used as exhibit one in
showing the blatant continued 80-plus year bitterness Amarillo has towards
Lubbock & TTU.
I can’t believe this guy actually thinks that TTU students are the sole reason for an increase in accidents at Lubbock’s Red Light Camera intersections.
The other thing that is unbelievable in these arguments about red light cameras is that the supporters completely gloss over due process and privacy issues. It’s like they don’t even exist.