Common sense makes safety advisories redundant

By Glenda Price

Years ago Stanley Frank of the Livestock Weekly in San Angelo, Texas (then called West Texas Livestock Weekly) shared a few useless “safety advisories” he, as an editor, had received from a government agency.

Here are a couple of them: “Be sure to have plenty of oil in the crankcase of your pickup and tractor” and “Keep milk, eggs and butter in a cool place.”

Also, “Don’t chouse cattle through chutes with nails, spikes or large planks that can cause bruises, scratches, etc.” Frank added this: “Don’t beat ‘em with an axe handle.”

It wasn’t just the government, of course. And in the ensuing years it’s gotten worse all the way around. We get our intelligence (read common sense) assaulted daily.