Thursday, May 20, 2010

Value of a life

During the hearing for the legislation requiring sprinklers in every new home, Mary Kay Sigaty made the argument that although the sprinkler mandate would force people to spend $4,000 on a sprinkler system that they may not want, the sprinklers may save lives and you can't place a value on a human life. Recently on HoCoRising's blog, someone else made a similar argument about the money spent on the Health Howard Access Plan with respect to the life HHAP may have saved.

Well, if you are reading this blog and you are not at the gym running on a treadmill, you have placed a value on your life. And according to some, you must not think much of yourself. The people making this sort of argument are heading down a road leading to absurdity.

The video below addresses this issue extremely well. The context is corporate responsibility rather than government programs, but the logic and principles are the same in either case.

8 comments:

jessiex said...

Squatting, am I, on your post. Yo, FM, do you know if it's possible to have chickens in The Hoco/Columbia in particular? I figured if someone would know, you're the man. ~ Jessie

Freemarket said...

Hi Jessie- in Columbia's New Town Zoning, I don't think chickens are allowed. But in regular zoning in the rest of the county it's OK but your coop has to be something like 200 feet from your neighbor's house. Beehives are subject to this same law, which is what ZRA 117 is seeking to change.

Btw, if you want to see some awesome chicken coops, go to Myers Mini-Barns in Lisbon. That's where I got mine, and it's totally awesome. I'd like to live in it.

Anonymous said...

Even outside of Columbia, many HOAs ban livestock, including chickens. HoCo also limits the number of chickens allowed (and in past rulings, has relied on the recommendations of the American Heart Association to determine what constitutes an allowable number).

HoCoRising said...

That's ridiculous. Eggs are a valuable source of protein, which sustains life! How do you put a value (or a zoning limitation) on a human life?

(Hmm, back to the drawing board on that one).

Freemarket said...

HCR, what an awesome way to tie in a seemingly unrelated matter to the point of this post! A+

Anonymous said...

I wonder where her Democrat opponent stands on Healthy Howard. Has he talked about his position on any issues other than the GGP proposal?

Anonymous said...

Yeah, how do you put a value on a life, hocorising? Hey, thanks for the info. I'm not in an HOA (beyond Columbia, that is!) I wouldn't know what 200 feet look like as I am very challenged in thinking spatially. But my guess is that the 200-ft rule pretty much makes it impossible to have chickens if you live in the "get your quarter-acre lots right here" suburbs.

jessiex said...

haha. that's the second time i've posted as anonymous in two days. my first was playful. this, the second, was accidental. 'twas me (@jessiex) talking about the chickens in the post above