Smith: Problem solving ahead of new year
Hard to believe, but it’s come to this. Today is the last Saturday of the year. The last weekend of 2015!
I will truly never be able to figure out how some weeks seem to last forever, while at the same time, the year zips by.
“If I were king!” Or maybe just Donald Trump, we might do things a little differently.
For example, we wouldn’t drag out stories like the saga of “tanning beds,” or more appropriately, “tanning coffins.” Indoor tanning beds are said to deliver 10-15 times more ultraviolet radiation than the midday sun. It’s said that if you use them you have about a 60 percent higher risk of melanoma than those who don’t.
Indoor tanning has been called the cigarette of this generation, and, cited as the cause of the rising rate of skin cancer among teens and those in their 20s, especially women.
We’ve been hearing about this for years. Let’s stop talking and just do away with them. If there’s a medical need for them for some condition I might not be aware of, so be it.
But otherwise, “for-get-about-it!” Done. Gone.
The other story, though not as well-known, is the one regarding these little synthetic beads — microbeads — that have been quietly slipped into cosmetics and other personal care products. Not only are they said to be a threat to the food chain in our Great Lakes, I can’t imagine walking around with microbeads under your gums from your whitening toothpaste being so good for you. Congress voted to ban manufacturing products with the beads starting in 2017 and completely ban them in 2019.
Are you kidding? If they are bad, they’re bad. How hard is it to just stop using them? Stop now. No one will miss them.
Glad I got that off my chest. Now we can start the new year off with two fewer problems.
Paul W. Smith is host of “The Paul W. Smith Show” on WJR-AM (760) from 5:30-9 a.m. Monday-Friday.