There Oughta be a Law - at Home (7/22/08)
Last week, one of our employees who's appalled by young men wearing their pants so low that yards of underwear are on constant display suggested I call for a law against it as Flint, Michigan and Jacksonville, Florida have done.
Another disagreed. While he also thought it looked stupid, he argued it was a trivial issue, and that the government not only should have no say in such matters but also has much more pressing concerns.
I have to admit, a part of me would like to see such a law. I think the people who flaunt this "fashion" are certainly eyesores in the same category as litter, graffiti and public panhandlers.
But I also know that laws dictating how people may dress - no matter how ridiculously - rarely survive court challenges. And our police are probably already busy enough without also conducting curbside wardrobe checks.
So a city law probably isn't the solution. But parents can certainly lay down their own law and forbid their kids from wearing such ridiculous get-ups. And if they care at all about them landing decent jobs and laying a foundation for future success, that's exactly what they'll do.
While laws should always uphold good values, all good values can't be mandated by laws. So personal responsibility has to pick up the slack. And putting an end to the "saggy pants plague" is the perfect place to start.
But what do you think? Call and let us know.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.