Over in La-La Land -- you know, California, where they love new, weird laws and even are considering one that would mandate a 15-minute break every two hours for baby sitters (which means you'd need to hire a relief baby sitter for that interval) -- something shockingly sane has just happened. The governor, Jerry Brown, vetoed a law passed by the state Legislature that would have made it a crime for anyone younger than 18 not to wear a helmet while skiing or snowboarding.

Well knock me over with a medical marijuana prescription. Here is what the governor wrote:

"While I appreciate the value of wearing a ski helmet, I am concerned about the continuing and seemingly inexorable transfer of authority from parents to the state. Not every human problem deserves a law. I believe parents have the ability and responsibility to make good choices for their children."

This is remarkable because the governor is right; there IS an inexorable drive to make children safer than safe, even if their parents believe that these extra measures need not be taken.


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