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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review July 29, 2013/ 22 Meanachem-Av, 5773

Should Click and Clack wind up in the clink?

By A. Barton Hinkle




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Tom and Ray Magliozzi, the "Car Talk" guys, offer advice on the radio and in more than 300 newspapers across the country. For such a heinous crime, perhaps they should go to prison.

This is the logical extension of a letter Kentucky officials sent to John Rosemond a couple months ago. Rosemond is a family psychologist who writes the longest-running advice column by a single author in the United States; his column appears in more than 200 papers, including JWR and Lexington Herald-Leader.

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology contend that publication of Rosemond's column in Kentucky amounts to the illegal practice of psychology because Rosemond — who is licensed as a psychologist in North Carolina — is not licensed in their state.

Conway and the board have threatened legal action, which carries the possibility of up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Per column.

Rosemond has sued, with the help of the Arlington-based Institute for Justice — which notes that by Kentucky's reasoning, "it is a crime to say things that are 100 percent true ('I am a family psychologist') and a crime to express an opinion in a newspaper without government permission."

Conway and the Kentucky board have not threatened the Herald-Leader. Yet. But if Rosemond is committing a crime, then the newspaper is aiding and abetting. Without its megaphone, Rosemond's voice would go almost entirely unheard.

The same holds true for, say, Dr. Phil. As the Institute for Justice points out, if Kentucky can prohibit Rosemond from offering advice in the newspaper then "it could prohibit Dr. Phil from identifying himself as a psychologist in books offered for sale in Kentucky or ban the 'Dr. Phil' show from being broadcast in Kentucky."



Kentucky does not license auto mechanics, but some other states do. By Kentucky's reasoning, the Magliozzis — Click and Clack — are committing the same sort of violation Rosemond ostensibly is. Many other advice columns and shows offer tips on gardening, dieting, animal care and other activities whose professional practitioners are regulated by the states. (Nationwide, more than 100 occupations are licensed by some or all of the 50 states; roughly a third of Americans hold jobs that need a government license, up from 5 percent a half-century ago.) Here at The Times-Dispatch, health reporter Tammie Smith sometimes answers reader questions on issues such as how much water one should drink. Though she has a master's degree in public health and consults with doctors on her answers, she is not a physician. By Kentucky's reasoning, she's practicing medicine without a license.

On Thursday the Bluegrass State appeared to climb down — but only a bit. Eva Markham, the chairman of the psychology board, snippily told "CBS This Morning" she thought it was "fascinating that this has turned into the First Amendment."

Turned into? It was never anything but.

Rosemond "can say anything he wants to as long as he is clear that he is not a psychologist in Kentucky," Markham says — now. But that's not what the letter from AG Jack Conway said when it ordered him to cease and desist. To pretend otherwise now, says IJ's Paul Sherman, is reminiscent of the schoolyard bully who "pick(s) on the little guy until someone shows up to defend him, and then . . . act(s) like nothing happened."

Were this an isolated instance, it might not merit much attention. But it is not isolated. The Institute for Justice also has defended a North Carolina blogger whose dietary advice offended the state's Board of Dietetics, and a Texas veterinarian whose online advice drew the attention of the Lone Star State's veterinary board. (The boards didn't suggest the advice offered was dangerous, fraudulent, or even wrong — they simply objected on bureaucratic grounds.)

Local and state governments use more than occupational licensing regulations to silence free speech. Across the country, cities and counties — including Richmond, Henrico and Charlottesville — have used public-safety fig leaves to prohibit panhandling. Public colleges and universities designate First Amendment ghettos they call "free-speech zones," and impose speech codes that make even racy jokes off-limits. Politicians and campaign finance "reformers" have banned in the past, and hope to ban again one day, political speech about political candidates by private citizens.

Even signs seem to fall afoul of government censors: Not only is Norfolk trying to seize the property of Central Radio, it has declared the protest sign put up by the company's owner verboten. Norfolk's signage ordinance is 11,000 words long. That makes it 10,955 words longer than the First Amendment, which plainly states that government shall abridge neither the freedom of speech, nor of the press. Period.

Kentucky officials trying to tell Rosemond what he can say in the newspaper should familiarize themselves with it. That seems like good advice, wouldn't you say?

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A. Barton Hinkle is Deputy Editor of the Editorial Pages at Richmond Times-Dispatch Comment by clicking here.


Previously:




07/08/13: Commit any felonies lately?
06/18/13: Citizens and the State: the problem is bigger than you think
06/06/13: Political derangement threatens basic rights
05/30/13: Should we fear ex-Marine --- or those who detained him?
05/23/13: Professor of Constitution goes to war against it
05/23/13: REVEALED: IRS letter to tea party groups
05/15/13: Today on NPR: The smothering tax burden
04/30/13: What does Boston say about diversity?
04/25/13: For some libs, 'courage' = agreeing with them
04/18/13: Utterly outraged by their president's callous betrayal
04/11/13: Cognitive dissonance on guns
04/04/13: Do unto others, but not unto us, say the media
04/01/13: Observations from the auto shop holding pen
03/14/13: The nation-building follies
03/12/13: Will the right come around on pot?
03/07/13: Another U.S. dupe falls for a dictator
02/28/13: How dare you say that here!
02/26/13: Eating Frito-Lay chips at gunpoint
02/20/13: Death Star petitions are just what we need
02/13/13: ObamaCare proves law correct --- deep down you knew it would
01/29/13: It's Time to Get Judgy About Incompetency
01/23/13: Look who's mocking fascist fear-mongering now
01/16/13: Only in Washington could you get away with referring to spending and tax increases as spending 'cuts'
01/09/13: Obama begins his second term, Bush's fourth
01/07/13: Who's Attacking the Constitution Now?
01/03/13: Why, historically, January is the perfect time to debate the filibuster
12/26/12: When libs devalue diversity
12/20/12: Mark Your Calendars
12/13/12: Gun control, ad infinitum
12/11/12: Fracking can help fix the CO2 problem
12/06/12: Let's open the door to lots more immigration
12/04/12: Who's watching the kids? Just about everyone
11/29/12: The Real Middle-Class Champion was Mocked and Opposed
11/26/12: It's time to cut a deal on the budget
11/20/12: The case for a carbon tax
11/15/12: Cue the hysterics. Reports of Democracy's Death Greatly Exaggerated
11/07/12: The $4,000 Trash Can: We need regulation, but not this much
10/23/12: The Ballad of Islamist Rage Boy
10/17/12: Undermining the values that enable people in poverty to escape it? Sadly, yes
10/11/12: How Much Is This Tax Cut Gonna Cost Me, Doc?
10/04/12: Warrantless spying skyrockets under Obama
08/20/12: The wrong side absolutely must not win
08/14/12: America was not built on dirt alone
08/02/12: Libs Discover Their Inner Cheney
07/30/12: Feds want to help you --- whether you want help or not
07/23/12: Barack Obama, Storyteller-in-Chief
07/23/12: Nation's worst outsourcer? You
07/19/12: Listen up, America: You need to knuckle under
07/12/12: Obama, Romney: As Different as Two Peas in a Pod
07/05/12: Are teenagers big children --- or little adults?
06/25/12: Minorities treated as mere numbers
06/21/12: Memo to the the Little Guy: Seemingly innocuous activity could bring the federal hammer down out of a clear blue sky
06/19/12: We mustn't let America be buffaloed
05/31/12: Drop and Give Uncle Sam 20
05/15/12: The feds would like to know if you enjoyed that video
05/03/12: Obama inspires: 'America --- Still Not as Bad Off as Venezuela!'
04/26/12: It's everyone's favorite time of year again
03/29/12: GOP disillusionment is a good thing
03/27/12: Just what America needs: more red tape
03/20/12: Nation wondering: what happening to language?
02/21/12: Culture warriors resort to propaganda
02/15/12: Step away from that cookie and grab some air
02/08/12: Lessons in heresy
02/01/12: Do We Really Need Pickle-Flavored Potato Chips?
01/11/12: Shut up, they explained
12/30/11: A Modest Proposal: Let's Ban All Sports!
12/26/11: A Christmas letter from the Obamas
02/24/11: Will the next Watson need us?
12/24/10: Here Are Some Good Gifts for People You Hate
06/15/10: The Presinator
05/26/10: More than equal
04/08/10: Angry Right Takes a Page From Angry Left but guess who is ‘ugly’?
02/16/10: Either Obama owes George W. Bush an apology, or he owes the rest of us a very good explanation for his about-face on wiretapping
02/03/10: Talkin' to us 'tards
01/27/10: I never thought I'd see the day when progressives would howl in ragebecause the Supreme Court said government should not ban books
01/07/10: Gun-Control Advocates Play Fast and Loose
12/31/09: Nearly everything progressives say about neoconservative interventionism abroad applies to their own preferred policies at home





© 2011, A. Barton Hinkle

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