Helmet law.

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I know this may be a bit off topic but since “What’s the idea” is a blog about the search for clear and meaningful ideas, I have one for our men in Afghanistan – and I suspect parts of Iraq. Wear a helmet!
 
We mandate it in most states for motorcyclists, and moms everywhere are scolding their kids about wearing helmets while on bikes and skateboards, so what’s up with the military? This is not the first time I’ve seen our men in harm’s way without helmets. It’s just the first time it made the cover of NYTimes.com.
 
I know it’s hot in Afghanistan and it may not be a good look to wear helmets, but it seems to me this man is a few inches away from a bed in Walter Reed Hospital and a lifetime of physical and speech therapy. Who the hell does this guy report to? (Check out his friend behind him.)