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Tuesday, July 18, 2023
Good Tuesday Morning to You!

There are rules. And there are consequences. Usually.

Most rules are set in stone — or at least in written laws — but the consequences can and do vary. It is a little something called discretion. Some say it is ironically similar to a word called discrimination. Others say it is a necessary part of providing fair judgement. I am not fully convinced by either argument, but I am admittedly troubled about how discretion can allow one person to face the most serious of penalties and another to get totally off the hook.

If you are a regular reader of this column, you know I am a strong believer in personal responsibility. If you create trash, you dispose of it properly. If you borrow money, you pay it back. If you get caught speeding, you pay a fine.

Today, let’s address the last one. Say you are driving 66 mph on a 55 mph highway and a highway patrol officer turns on the flashing lights and pulls you over. You are hoping he will let you off with a warning. He is thinking about the full penalty. Maybe he will reduce it a bit? This certainly isn’t a negotiation game, as only one person is making the decision. As the speeder, you simply try to be courteous and realize you have to take what is coming.

But should an officer of the law have this discretion? Would it be easier — and fairer — if all speeders were written citations for the same predetermined amount based on the clocked speed? No exceptions? Think about it. Do you ever wonder if women are given warnings more than men? If elderly people are given breaks more than teenagers? Or if white people are let off more than Black people? Those are serious accusations to make, but this discretion allows the door of discrimination to crack open.

I asked several police officers how much discretion they have in writing traffic citations. The answer was consistent. “Complete.” With body cameras and a litigation-prone society, some officers may be more careful and consistent than in decades past, but the decision to write a ticket or give a warning is still theirs. Of course, there are opportunities in court to protest tickets, but, as most of us know, those can be timely, costly and mostly ineffective.

I suggested the “same fines for all” theory to a group the other day, and one legal scholar pointed out that doing so would simply move the officer’s discretion from deciding whether or not to write a ticket to deciding whether or not to pull a car over. The discretion would not go away, but only shift. Point taken. As such, I remain convinced that the best way to avoid a traffic citation is to simply not speed. Usually.

Have a thoughtful Tuesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
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CITYVIEW's  Best Of Des Moines

CITYVIEW announced its 2023 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Jan. 31. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

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Ihde cherishes motorized memories

Cars have sentimental value.

By Rich Wicks

What’s in Allen Ihde’s garage in Bondurant? The simple answer is: cars that he finds meaningful.

“It’s not that I’m a crazy car guy, it’s just that these are cars I’ve grown up with over the years,” he says.

“I had a ’56 Chevy when I was 16 years old,” says Ihde as he takes a stroll down memory lane — and the garage.

He points out that the ’56 Chevy in his garage is not the actual car he had back then.
“It’s not quite what I had when I was 16, but I got close to it.”

Next, he points out his 1972 Monte Carlo.
“I bought that new in 1972. That was my first new car I ever owned. It’s only got like 65,000 miles on it.”

Read more in the June issue of Bondurant Living magazine.

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Morning Chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
Why are writers always cold? THERE ARE SO MANY DRAFTS AROUND THEM! - Gail Tomlinson, Rex Post

Today's Riddle

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