I take strong exception to your Jan. 31 editorial criticizing Carol
Liu’s legislation governing the use of cell phones by students for
emergencies in public schools.
Currently, the law forbids students from using cell phones on campus.
Liu’s legislation would give local school boards the authority to permit
students to use cell phones for emergencies.
What’s wrong with giving local school boards this authority? After
all, that’s why school boards exist -- to set local policy. Local control
is good. But rather than argue the merits of local control, you argued
that cell phones don’t make a difference in emergencies and cited the
Sept. 11 disaster as an example. Your editorial stated, “It must be noted
that all the cell phones possessed by the victims of Sept. 11 didn’t help
them one bit.”
Wow, are you wrong! Cell phones prevented an even bigger disaster.
Remember the third plane crash on Sept. 11? It was headed for the White
House until the passengers overpowered the crew and crashed it in a rural
area. Thanks to cell-phone conversations, the passengers realized the
true intentions of the hijackers and took action. Without cell phones,
Sept. 11 would have been much worse.