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Painting with a broad brush

November 1, 2012 - Frank Robinson
I really don't know what to think about the Girard city council's unanimous vote to prohibit registered sex offenders who live in the city from taking part in any trick-or-treat events.

I'm not sticking up for registered sex offenders. However, the rules council passed in October seem to be too much.

The legislation, it was said at the meeting, is "for the safety and protection of children who on Oct. 31 will be going door-to-door throughout the city."

It requires all registered sex offenders in the city -- there are 10 -- would be given a copy of the legislation by police explaining what they or anyone in the same household are permitted to do.

The rules say the sex offenders would not be allowed to decorate or have any lights on or pass out any candy.

How can that be fair? And how can it be enforced?

It also paints with a broad brush. Not being a sex offender, I know one thing: If I lived in Girard, on Halloween I would be sure to have my lights on, decorate my house, and hand out lots of candy. That would eliminate the possibility of getting strange looks from the neighbors. ...


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