Not all bad

Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2002

Inasmuch as so much of our opinion process is rooted in situational ethics these days, I would never presume to speak for any "silent majorities." Usually it is amusing to me when others feel they do. Nonetheless, I can't help but feel there are a lot of other people who feel as I do about the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" controversy.

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Primarily, I think those who have sided against the young man who is at the center of all this are, more than anything else, offended. In earlier times, someone committing such an overt act of contempt for values others may hold dear would have been shunned or ostracized in some other way that would have given them some consequence to their actions - something we are loath to do these days.

While I can't say that Juneau needs any more opinions from an attorney, (Is there another town with so many per capita? Can it be termed an "infestation?") the worst part about this letter is that Ms. Baker is probably right.

As an eminent jurist once said, "There is no justice ... there is just the law." I used to have this quote framed in my office and turned to it frequently when "the system" seemed too frequently inadequate. I suspect that our "practicing attorney" from Wisconsin is correct. This young man and the ACLU will probably prevail in all this and that isn't all bad. But a lot of it is and who should we see about that?

Ron Forneris


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