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Idaho Declares Telegraph Obsolete

After a unanimous House vote, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter's pen stroke is all that stands between finally declaring the telegraph obsolete in Idaho. Tuesday's 63-0 vote is part of the Idaho Supreme Court's annual effort to excise archaic language from state code. Back when trains dominated cross-country passenger travel, Idaho required stations to communicate late arrivals from waiting room to waiting room via telegraph. Failure merited a $100 misdemeanor fine. But even in Idaho, hardly anybody uses the telegraph these days/AP. More here. (Wikipedia: telegraph key)

Question: Can you think of other devices that the Idaho Legislature can declare obsolete?

Study: 1 In 4 Say Marriage Obsolete

Item: Study: 1 in 4 say marriage is becoming obsolete/Hope Yen, Associated Press

More Info: As families gather for Thanksgiving this year, nearly one in three American children is living with a parent who is divorced, separated or never-married. More people are accepting the view that wedding bells aren’t needed to have a family. A study by the Pew Research Center highlights rapidly changing notions of the American family. And the Census Bureau, too, is planning to incorporate broader definitions of family when measuring poverty, a shift caused partly by recent jumps in unmarried couples living together.

Question: Do you think marriage is becoming obsolete?

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