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driving is for smarties only! what?


And that’s what we grudgingly like about Gov. Bill Richardson’s radical proposal of last spring: To be eligible for a driver’s license, you’ve got to go to school — and knock down decent grades.

Ouch — right in the steering wheel! Once the governor’s program is in place, driver’s-license eligibility for teens would be pegged to “near-proficient” scores on tests, and 90-percent attendance rates, or at least according to his original pitch. We’ll be curious to see how it reaches the rule-books, and what kind of civil-liberties challenges it raises.

I foresee grades going up by artificial inflation. Teachers will make it easier so students won’t be embarrassed by not having a driver’s license.

While I’m all for education, this seems to be the wrong way to go about it. Driving is a privilige, not a right, but most teens see it that way.

More than a few people are going to pull the parenting card. They are justified to do so.

Also, a governor with a beard is awesome. More politicians should grow them. Mustaches are for evil dictators, beards are for competent leaders? It’s true!

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