The National Air Traffic Controllers Association has launched a campaign to oppose the contracting-out of ATC services. One of their ads, which I just saw on CNN, urges viewers to call their representatives to oppose the policy "because safety belongs in the hands of professionals." Well, that certainly sounds like a good idea. But I hadn't realized that independent contractors were incapable of being professionals. I guess they were just going to pull random folks off the street to run the towers. Who knew?