The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

No First Amendment Implications Here. Nope, None At All.

The latest stupid trick from the San Francisco board of supervisors is to ban the phone book:

Board of Supervisors President David Chiu introduced the legislation at Tuesday's board meeting in what he says is an effort to reduce waste and neighborhood blight.

"The amount of natural resources used to create, distribute and dispose of the Yellow Page phone books is staggering," Chiu said.

He said it is estimated that throughout the United States, up to 5 million trees each year are needed to make the books.

Under the proposed law, distributors of the phone book would have to get the approval of San Francisco residents and businesses by mail, phone, e-mail or in person upon delivery, according to Chiu's office.

Seriously, 5 million trees to deliver yellow pages to all the homes in America? That's 30 households per tree. A phone book weighs a pound or two, which gives us an average tree weight of ... 30 to 60 pounds? Does the typical tree weigh as much as a 3rd grader?

If you really want to see blight and waste, check out San Francisco at election time. Every pole is plastered with sloganeering, and every resident and visitor has to look at the junk for months. Have you ever noticed just-delivered Yellow Pages when visiting the city?

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