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How did we ever survive?Posted Tuesday, August 14, 2007, at 9:32 AM
Mattel announced today they're recalling millions of toys which may contain lead paint or magnets.
Good for Mattel, but it makes me realize that today's safety experts probably wonder how anyone over age 40 or so survived.
There's a country song out now, which I've only heard pieces of, alluding to this. Seems like the singer mentioned, among other things, living before the time when child safety seats were common.
I count my calories, fat and salt intake. But I don't pay a lot of attention to the additives -- those chemical-sounding ingredients that seem to take up half the side of some food containers.
We hear so often of foods and drinks which allegedly endanger health. If I skipped every food that's supposedly dangerous there'd be nothing left to eat.
I usually wear my seat belt when driving, and agree it's necessary, but it wasn't so many years ago few did. I'm surprised well-meaning safety advocates aren't demanding seat belts in office and easy chairs.
Often, being safe means simply using common sense. We can only be protected from ourselves up to a point.
What are your thoughts on unnecessary safety rules -- or some which should be implemented?
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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