While many Americans agree it is bad manners if your cell
phone rings during a movie, a Broadway play or a concert, should it be against
the law, with offenders paying a $50 fine for each infraction? Politicians in
New York City think so, and have proposed a bill to outlaw such boorish behavior
� much to the chagrin of the Libertarian Party.
“Picture Miss Manners with a gun and you have some idea why this
proposal is an overreaction,” says George Getz, the party’s communications
director. “Civilized people can deal with minor annoyances without further
empowering the Nanny State.