As much as I hate to admit this, it feels good knowing my state is taking increased responsibility for making decisions about my well-being.
As much as I hate to admit this, it feels good knowing the state is taking increased responsibility for making decisions about my well-being.
There are now more choices that I don't have to bother making myself, and this makes life a tad easier. Having government bureaucrats running my life in these areas is, well, comforting. I'm sure they know better than I do about how I should live.
At first I bristled at the notion that Illinois wanted to regulate smoking in private businesses. Bars and restaurants can choose for themselves whether they want to prohibit smoking, and patrons as well as employees can choose for themselves whether they want to patronize/work for such establishments, I reasoned.
And, OK, the federal government and some health groups misrepresented scientific research into the effects of secondhand smoke. The idea that even brief exposure to secondhand smoke will increase the risk of cancer (as proclaimed by the U.S. Surgeon General's office) is nonsense.
But since legislators have banned smoking in all public places, I'm growing used to having the state do more of my thinking for me. This saves me the effort of having to figure these things out for myself.
What's the downside?
So now that Illinois has become the latest nanny state, it needs a high-profile nanny. We must be represented by someone who's mere presence will let us know that the household is in good hands (and by that I mean not ours).
My first candidate is Shirley Booth, star of the 1960s NBC television program "Hazel." This was the first show I remember watching that featured a live-in maid, so it has great sentimental value to me
My next candidate is Sebastian Cabot, who portrayed Mr. French on the CBS show "Family Affair." As a "gentleman's gentleman," he showed how British butlers make the job look so easy.
Thirdly, Id like to nominate Miyoshi Umeki, who played Mrs. Livingston on ABC's "The Courtship of Eddie's Father." She exemplified Japanese grace and civility in an often chaotic home.
Up next is William Demarest, who played uncle Charley on the CBS sitcom "My Three Sons" (while the show began on ABC, Demarest's character wasn't introduced until it moved to CBS). Was Uncle Charley cantankerous? You bet. But this retired sailor knew how to keep the boys in line.
And finally, what list of renowned nannies would be complete without Ann B. Davis, who portrayed Alice Nelson in "The Brady Bunch"? In serving the Brady family, Alice become America's live-in maid
So there you have my nominees. Send me a note with your preference for which one should become Illinois' official nanny
Jerry Moore is a news editor with GateHouse Media. He can be contacted at email@example.com.