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11:31 PM Thu, Oct. 18th

Friday Catchall: Cell ban a tool; airshow awe; news, what we do!

(File photo)

(File photo)

The Friday Catchall:

• CELL — I have received many emails this past week concerning the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors’ action that, as of Nov. 2, will outlaw use of hand-held devices while driving.

Following is from a reader, who I will not name since I could not confirm his identity:

“Well, our Board of Supervisors has just passed another unenforceable law regarding texting while driving. Seriously, how do you enforce it … a person from Flagstaff drives through the county, has no idea what the law is and the police stop them; totally unenforceable. The only way this law comes into play is if there is an accident while texting/using the cell phone; probably could charge. For such a law to work, it has to be enacted statewide.”

No and yes. First, Flagstaff residents know all about this kind of ordinance — since Coconino County has one too. That said, enforcement as an issue? Other measures, such as drinking and seatbelts, have been called much worse. The bottom line for me is asking then if we should not try.

Well, of course, we should — and with state lawmakers balking at the opportunity for years, we have to do it ourselves. It is a much-needed tool.

If people cared so much they would pledge to not re-elect those who oppose life-saving measures. That is politics gone wrong.

• AIRSHOW — I must mention that I was in awe when a biplane flew over me last Saturday as part of the Wings Out West Airshow.

I am not a fan of flying, will drive when given the choice, and have been in some little planes and helicopters before; but, I love history and the rumble of that engine.

I hope you got to see it!

Great job, Embry-Riddle, City of Prescott and the volunteers.

• NEWSPAPERS — Over the years, I have heard several stories or explanations of the community newspaper business that I like.

Naturally, with all of the complaints I receive over the phone and through the web or email, the first is simple: the newspaper is a business, not regulated by the Federal Communications Commission; we work to strike a balance and fairness because we care about our community, not because the FCC tells us what to do.

This National Newspaper Week (Oct. 7-13) also reminds me of why community is so important. In my business, “journalism matters” because it is my neighbors, friends and fellow citizens we write about. It is what we do.

Yes, journalism matters – now more than ever.

• PICK OF THE WEEK — (Proving there’s always something good to do in the Prescott area that’s cheap or free): The Don Felder concert Saturday night, Oct. 13, at the college’s Performing Arts Center. As so many Eagles tribute shows regularly sell out, see (and hear) the real thing! Visit ycpac.com or call 928-776-2000.

Tim Wiederaenders is the senior news editor for The Daily Courier and Prescott News Network. Follow him on Twitter @TWieds_editor. Reach him at 928-445-3333, ext. 2032, or twieds@prescottaz.com