A few weeks ago I went to Dublin on a weekend getaway with some friends. In our efforts to do as many things as we could in a short amount of time, we went two places that really got me thinking. The first was a little street market where people were selling their crafts. I came upon a table where two Irish women were selling the jewelry they had made. I wanted to purchase my Mom a bracelet, so I asked what kinds of materials the bracelets were made out of. I always do this in the United States to make sure I do not purchase any jewelry containing Nickel or Lead. The woman said they were made out of silver and not to worry because it was illegal in Ireland to make jewelry containing harmful or irritating metals such as Nickel or Lead. This struck me because I could not believe there was actually a law in place for something so small. Later on, for dinner, my friends and I attended a nice little restaurant across from the theater we were attending. In an effort to have "American" food, I ordered a Burger. I asked for it to be cooked medium well and the server replied, "You don't have to tell us how you want it cooked because it is illegal in Ireland to serve meat undercooked.” Here I was again, shocked at the second small law I had learned about that day. These laws did not anger me; I actually thought they were great. They really showed how the government in Ireland wants to protect their people. I think the United States should adopt more laws like this. Maybe then the problems people have in the U.S. would lessen just a little bit. Do you think the United States would ever allow laws like this to be created or does it infringe too much on our Democratic ideals? How do you think the media would respond to creation of such laws in the United States?