I am somewhat of a mixed opinion about having to attend Coast Guard approved classes in order to get an operator's permit to operate a pleasure/fishing boat in the United States. One of todays headlines were "TWO KILLED IN STATE LAKES". One guy had snagged his anchor line with his 58' house boat, and put into an island to get the line unsnared. He went under and never came up. That, in itself, is a trajedy. The second was killed when two boats collided. Now how in the heck can you not see a boat coming at you? Both was thrown overboard. One had on a life jacket - he survived. The second didn't have on a life jacket and drowned. The first guy, in my opinion, just had his time on earth done. It is sort of like going to sleep at night and not waking up. Preventable - yes, but not something a normal person would even think about. The second was just plain stupidity on both boat operators. The first guy probably did not need a license. The second ones definetly needed a license or required course of instruction in boating safety. We have too much big brother in our lives as it is...but it seems like big brother could be of use here. Hunters have to pass a safety course...wonder why?