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- From: "Polhemus, William" <wpolhemus(--nospam--at)craworld.com>
- Date: Tue, 17 Dec 2013 19:17:49 +0000
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Yeah, I know we're supposed to avoid "political discussions" but I hope you'll take this in the spirit in which it's offered, because it's certainly not a partisan issue at all. I don't know what's going on now with this ever-increasing vigilance over the citizenry in the United States by government at all levels. I've never lived in Europe but understand that in much of that continent citizens (or subjects, if you will) have grown used to having cameras everywhere, and the requirements for identification, etc., for everything. I know that in my trip to the Philippines last year I was amazed how often - and for such trivial occasions - one was expected show photo ID. And even how MUCH ID the "citizens" there are required to have for virtually everything they do that's leastwise official. Of course there is the ongoing flap with the National SECURITY Agency currently which has people of various political stripes concerned as to method and motive. With that in mind, this thing with the "criminal background check" for professional licenses in Texas is another brick in the wall. The bromide passed down to us from Benjamin Franklin, that "They who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety" cannot help but come to mind. Of course we all want to be secure from criminal mischief, but obviously there is a point beyond which we're talking about "giving up essential liberty." As a practical matter, taking the time and money to do this is a PITA. As Matt Stuart fairly complained earlier, you've got fingerprint data from a CHL and THAT'S not acceptable - "Cui bono?" comes to mind - and so more of YOUR time and YOUR expense is asked. But there are matters beyond the immediately practical. Is this REALLY only about "protecting the public" as the Texas P.E. Board (cribbing from the TX legislature) simply states? Or are there unforeseen consequences, not necessarily to our benefit but quite convenient for the Powers That Be, that loom in some indeterminate future? There are a lot of levels on which to complain. Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to see if I can find the name of that Fixer I was passed a few years ago when some questions regarding my public reputation quite unfairly arose. William L. Polhemus, Jr. P.E. Lead Civil/Structural Engineer CRA Engineering Group, Inc. 6320 Rothway Suite 100 Houston, TX 77040 Phone: (713) 734-3090 Direct: (832) 485-5251 Cell: (281) 450-8426 Fax: (832)485-5213 Email: wpolhemus(--nospam--at)craworld.com http://www.craworld.com/ [CRA since 1976 + 50best_colour] [CRA-SMART_l-c] This communication and any accompanying document(s) are confidential and are intended for the sole use of the addressee. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify me at a telephone number shown above or by return e-mail and delete this e-mail and any copies. You are advised that any disclosure, copying, distribution, or the taking of any action in reliance upon the communication without consent is strictly prohibited. Thank you. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Post your message to the list by sending it to: SEAINT-SEAOSC(--nospam--at)mail-list.com. The email messages sent to the list will be saved in an archive on the World Wide Web. These archives are located at: http://archive.mail-list.com/SEAINT-SEAOSC To contact the list owner, send your message to: SEAINT-SEAOSC-list-owner(--nospam--at)mail-list.com. Sponsored By: Pacific Structural & Forensic Engineers Group, Inc. (PSFEG) To unsubscribe, switch to/from digest, get on/off vacation, or change your email address, click here. <http://cgi.mail-list.com/u?ln=seaint-seaosc&nm=seaintma%40euken.net>
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