The City of Asheville is contracting with the FAA for a grant for runway construction at the Asheville Regional Airport. As with a former contract, the language in Section 18 confuses me. If I read it correctly, it says that states, local governments, Indian tribes, and foreign public entities are not prohibited thereby from trafficking in persons, trafficking is permissible as long as it is not severe, and severe trafficking is OK before and after the life of the contract. I don’t get why if something is wrong and illegal it is OK in certain circumstances because of the terms of an airport construction contract.

Section 18 is just plain Mickey Mouse. I present it in its entirety, as it specifically requests it be presented in its entirety elsewhere:

17. Ban on Texting While Driving
A. In accordance with Executive Order 13513, Federal Leadership on Reducing Text Messaging While Driving, October 1, 2009, and DOT Order 3902.10, Text Messaging While Driving, December 30, 2009, the Sponsor is encouraged to:
1. Adopt and enforce workplace safety policies to decrease crashes caused by distracted drivers including policies to ban text messaging while driving when performing any work for, or on behalf of, the Federal government, including work relating to a grant or subgrant.
2. Conduct workplace safety initiatives in an manner commensurate with the size of the business, such as:
a. Establishment of new rules and programs or re-evaluation of existing programs to prohibit text messaging while driving; and
b. Education, awareness, and other outreach to employees about the safety risks associated with texting while driving.
B. The sponsor must insert the substance of this clause on banning texting while driving in all subgrants, contracts and subcontracts.

The enticement of awareness training about texting and driving is almost enough for me to look for work building runways.