Dig deeper into what is blocking texting ban

info@islandpacket.comMay 7, 2013 

The most significant sentence in your May 1 editorial on banning texting while driving is at the end: "We're not sure what it will take to get a texting bill passed."

Why? Because it highlights the deficiencies in the local fourth estate's performance.

Your editorial does a fine job explaining the need for such a ban. And it touches on the way in which these bills have become bogged down in committee. But it fails to dig into the root reasons for legislative resistance, such as which interests are working to defeat such a ban and which legislators are in the pockets of these interests.

I can't believe that the only reason for this failure is that the legislature simply did not have enough time to get to it. What you need is more in-depth investigative reporting, the sort that causes Pulitzer committees to sit up and take notice. You need to point the finger and name names so that we, your ignorant readers, will have a clear idea of whose cage to rattle.

Paul A. Becker

Sun City Hilton Head

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