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Rhinehart: Ban Cell Phone Use In Public Places

Kit Rhinehart: I had to go to the doctor for a blood draw and since I am unable to drive anymore my son took me. Then he took me to breakfast at 5th Ave in Sandpoint. In the next booth was a person with a cell phone. It rang twice and was answered. Each time the person talked louder than she was talking to her companion. They’ve stopped all smoking so why can’t they stop cell phone use in public places so other patrons won’t be bothered. I said something (softly) to the waitress and she told me about a man who had been in earlier and used his cell phone. He left and came back later searching for it. When he couldn’t find it he got belligerent so someone who had a cell phone called his and it was tucked in the pocket in the front of his shirt. The waitress said then he was so embarrassed. He should have been. Now you may do with this whatever you wish, and thanks for letting me get this off my chest.

DFO: I was congratulating myself yesterday that I’m our family is one of the few without cell phones. Sure, they’re handy in an emergency. But I enjoy being unplugged when driving in my car or visiting the dump or enjoying myself on the lake. I get interrupted enough by the phone at home and at the office. I don’t need to be there at all times when people want to get ahold of me. And I, like Kit, resent it when motorists talk on cell phones while driving (endangering those around them) or talk over-loud in public places. I once encountered a guy talking on a cell phone while he was sitting on the pot in the restroom of a public building. Sheesh.

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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