Monday, January 8, 2007

Tribune "washes its hands" of silly legislation

A fun op-ed by the Great Falls Tribune talks about Sen. Don Ryan, D-Great Falls, and his one-man crusade to put paper towels in every public restroom in the state.

While admitting that they "feel his pain," the editors rightly point out that "most people deal with it without passing laws requiring a state agency to conduct inspections and requiring those who run "public accommodations" to buy and maintain paper towel dispensers."

They make the important point that the legislation would not just affect government entities, but all restrooms used by the public, including those in private businesses.

Thanks to the Tribune for helping root out silliness in high places.