Consider This... Balloon Ban Full of Hot Air - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/7/09

Consider This... Balloon Ban Full of Hot Air

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - It's hard to make sense of the city's "war on helium balloons."  At first I thought it must be a joke. Don't we have better things to be working on than going after balloons?

In case you missed it, NewsChannel 11 broke the story that Councilman Paul Beane proposed a city ordinance to ban the intentional release of most helium balloons. I think it took a lot of courage for Councilman Beane to point out, in a very public way, that helium balloons do eventually come back to the ground as litter.

He's right to point out that we have other options for honoring worthy causes instead of a massive balloon release, but consider this; we, as average citizens, are already drowning in a sea of government red tape. I promise that we do not lack for government regulation at any level -- local state or federal.

Only adding salt to the wound - Beane's proposal exempts government agencies. So it's the same old, same old "don't do as we government officials do, do as we say." It's a glaring hypocrisy and it derails the idea as much or more than anything else.

Thank you Mr. Beane for trying to make Lubbock more environmentally sensitive, but the proposed balloon ban is full of hot air. Hopefully, the majority of council will let go of this ridiculous idea and get back to real issues.

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