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John Romano column: The state of Florida wants to know about your sex life



Times columnist John Romano with a classic take. Do read!

The topic is sex. The moderator is your government.

The proper response is:


If we in Florida are one big, happy family, then the Department of Health has just assumed the role of your pervy Uncle Ernie.

Because it seems our leering old relative wants to talk about sex with a whole bunch of young ladies. And he's offering presents to anyone who takes him up on this offer.

Now I suppose I should acknowledge this is a lot more harmless than it seems.

In reality, the Department of Health began this tale with the best of intentions, if not the worst of pickup lines.

To backtrack a little bit, the Department of Health was trying to figure out why Florida has such a low rate of contraceptive use. That certainly sounds like an admirable goal.

And since federal grant applications require detailed family planning services, there are legitimate reasons for wanting to compile up-to-date and detailed data based on age, religion, race and other factors.

It's just the way your friendly, family bureaucrats went about procuring this information that has been off-putting to some people.

Column here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 10:12am]


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