Manning, with NO web presence, is Mayor Invisible. He refuses to attend most public functions, unless it brings together the over 70 crowd. Pathetic.
Pisasale today took a libertarian position about a most
unusual topic - the wearing of helmets by bicyclists. Shouting the fool's argument "common sense", Pisasale makes the argument that "recreational bicyclists" shouldn't have to wear a helmet - saying "people should be responsible for their own actions, responsible for their own health". Children shouldn't have to wear a helmet - "that's up to the parent to decide".
Then sadly, Pisasale decides to bolster his argument with a flat-out lie: "(No) other country in the world does not have helmet except Australia". [sic] Sorry Paul, that's bullshit. Please don't lie to us, mate. Or at least do it in English!
Bicycle helmet laws have reduced serious injury to bicyclists; known fact. (Of course fluoride and children's vaccinations have proven track-records too, but that hasn't stopped the wacky brigade from undercutting these laws based on "personal responsibility", either).
In a perfect world, the "personal responsibility" argument seems like "common sense". But you've got to apply some logic and brainpower to the analysis, which neither Pisasale nor MacKenzie seem to be able to do in this case.
So when Mr. Libertarian No-Helmet takes a spill and cracks his head open on a kerb, a government-paid ambulance is called, government-paid emergency technicians scoop him and spilled brain matter up off the street, and take this sorry-arse libertarian to our government-financed hospital where government-paid doctors and nurses attempt to treat Mr. Libertarian of his "common sense".
Then many of these "victims" receive long-term care, disability payments, and carer's assistance from - WE, THE TAXPAYERS. Yes Mayor Paul, sometimes personal freedoms have a wider impact on the whole of society, that requires the rest of us to take actions to minimise the cost of YOUR stupidity on us.
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These are the same bicyclists that commonly refuse to obey traffic signals, ride the wrong direction, zoom down footpaths, and other irresponsible behaviour. Perhaps they should be wearing full gridiron football suits in addition to the helmets. There is no cause to wear less.
Sorry Paul, you're offbase on this one. Government has to make rules in the best interests of us all. And the majority, showing their "common sense", don't think we should be paying the bills for other people's inability to make their own "common sense" decisions.