The recent MTA Doomsday budget got me thinking. But since I was traveling, working on an assignment and trying to rest up, I haven't had time to put my rants down on paper... yet.
I wrote this in 2007. It was published in the November 2007 issue of The New York Pamphleteers. Let's take a trip down recent-memory lane.
Big Brother NYC
The motto for the campaign is – NYC Condoms. Get Some. And I did. I got some condoms and some sweet nooky. I collected some of the condoms just for the novelty. I am fond of the wrappers. Condoms are cool. They hold possibility and it means I don’t have to spend 12 dollars for a box.
Religious groups and the Bush administration would argue that sex ed means teaching abstinence and distributing condoms will only encourage sexual behavior. That hasn’t been proven, just like sex education and contraception hasn’t increased sexual activity. But among the population that is boinking on a regular basis, access to condoms means it can be done in a safe manner, lowering the spread of HIV and other STDs and reducing unwanted pregnancies and possibly abortions or newborns left in the trash. Sex is a part of human nature and people aren’t going to stop doing it. I think it’s great that
is looking out for its citizens’ nether regions. New York City
The New York City Department of Health also decided to tackle another issue in recent years – smoking. The nicotine-addicted clog our sidewalks and doorways because smoking is banned inside restaurants and public buildings. Two years ago the city distributed 45,000 nicotine patches and gums to help people kick the habit. The program was implemented again this past spring for a limited time. You had to be 18 and live in
and meet other requirements to receive your “quit kit”. I suspect the city will try again next year and I can imagine what went on in this year’s meeting at the health department; we either try to get people to quit smoking or continue to see those disturbing commercials of 30-somethings with holes in their throats, or surgeons removing fatty clots from neck veins. New York City
is looking out for us. What’s next? City-run fitness centers? Will Personal training be considered a municipal job? Will they ration out coffee, allowing only one iced grande non-fat latte a day? During off-peak hours, will mass transit only run express, forcing more straphangers to walk? There doesn’t look like a there’s a chance for the U.S implementing a socialist healthcare system. Maybe on a city level, this is the government’s way of making up for it. New York
For now, the efforts
is making are just to ensure we can get through sex without catching a disease or having a heart attack. What’s wrong with that? New York City