Do we need more welfare laws? | Editorials

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I know the intentions are good as the Owensboro City Commission is considering reducing the hours youth must be off the streets from 1 a.m. to something earlier.

I know they are concerned about nighttime shootings, which have increased alarmingly in recent months.

But to me, it’s just a feel-good law.

Looks like we’re doing something.

But that probably won’t make the slightest difference.

If you’re going out to shoot someone, you’re not going to worry about a curfew violation.

The Owensboro Police Department recently said its officers issued 46 citations for curfew violations between 2019 and 2021.

Of these, 42 were dismissed by the court.

Of the three offenses where parents were fined, one was fined $25 and three were fined $50.

Is it really worth pursuing?

When I was a child, in the stone age, my parents wanted me to come home at midnight, when I had an appointment.

I guess even during the pandemic the kids are still dating.

We don’t need to put a curfew too early.

And many teenagers work at night.

When my son was in high school, he sometimes worked until 11 p.m. or later.

Yes, there is an exemption for this.

But getting arrested by the police is scary, especially when you’re a child.

For me, it brings back memories of the Great Pooper Scooper debate from 2003.

People walked their dogs and let them relieve themselves on other people’s lawns or in public parks.

So those outraged by the lack of courtesy persuaded the city commission to require dog walkers to pick up feces or face a fine of $25 to $100.

Police said enforcement of the order would eliminate more important matters.

But we had a law on the books and everyone relaxed, even though you never heard of anyone being cited for the violation.

Let’s face it, people who obey the law will obey it.

Those who won’t.

Do we really need more welfare legislation?

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