Monday, March 3, 2008

Did the city council see the light or feel the heat?

Kenosha's city council tabled a sex offender residency ordinance, looking toward a possible county ordinance to save it from its folly.

Mind you that no sane person wants a sex offender living next to them -- but at the same time the city went full speed ahead in blessing the construction of a new elementary school across from a minimum security (no fences) state prison.

Maybe now the city will have time to think about the things cities are supposed to do, like plow the snow, salt the icy streets and fix the potholes.

As for sex offender residency ordinances, wouldn't it make sense for there to be a statewide model that can be given a constitutional test? If it passes muster, then you won't have costly endless litigation. But that would require common sense -- and if common sense was common, you could buy it at Wal-Mart.

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