An incredible piece of legislation was signed into law in the state of PA this week. I'm not sure who gets the blame (or credit) since the legislature is in Republican control and the Democratic governor signed it. Motorcycle riders in PA are no longer required to wear helmets! A part of me is concerned that our government is now becoming careless about our safety. In an age in which the government is concerned about our every move and wants to insure that we do not hurt ourselves (banning cigarette smoking in public places, passing seatbelt laws for passenger car occupants), how did this get through? Can we not conjure up statistics to show how dangerous riding a motorcycle sans helmet will be? Perhaps I've been living north of the Mason-Dixon line too long and am beginning to like government regulation over the minutae of life. Then the part of me that grew up in the south comes alive! Great law! Shouldn't people be allowed to make decisions about their own safety for themselves? If people want to ride a motorcycle without a helmet, let them! It's their life (even as it passes before their eyes). Is the government some baby-sitter to tell us every move to make? Repeal those seat-belt laws next! I'm tired of wrinkled shirts from the shoulder strap! I hope this is the start of a trend. I can see it both ways, you see. I'm not sure what to make of this new law. What do you think?