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The lefties in San Francisco are at it again, trying to ban telephone books. Are they nuts? Phone books are among the basic tools of life, for most of us, anyway. Fortunately, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals shut down a similar effort — for now.

The argument is that phone books take up too much room in the trash, but let’s look at that claim.

First, phone books are completely recyclable. They are made out of — ta-da — paper. Paper can be reprocessed and reused. If for some reason the phone books aren’t reprocessed, and wind up in a landfill, it won’t be long before they decompose. That’s a lot more than you can say for cell phones. Cell phones and other electronic devices are a huge and increasingly expensive disposal problem that brings with it pollution and a long life in the landfill. I’m on my fifth cell phone, and I don’t use mine all that much. I’d imagine a lot of people have had many more than I — probably more than they’ve had phone books.

That’s okay, too. We can have as many cell phones as we can afford, regardless of their cost, and the waste and the environmental damage they cause. But if that’s the case, why shouldn’t the folks in SF be able to have phone books, too?

The anti-phone-bookers on San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors say SF doesn’t need phone books because people look up numbers and store them on their cell phones. And that is true for some. But many others, especially people who still have land lines, depend on phone books.

Phone books cost the user nothing but the effort it takes to bend over and pick them up from the porch or driveway where they are delivered.

Let’s hope the 9th Circuit’s opinion holds.


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