Apparently, it’s not enough for the City Council to regulate dog droppings and smoking, and to go ahead an build and purchase a downtown convention center hotel just for us. Now the council’s public safety committee is considering expanding the city’s current juvenile curfew (11 p.m.-6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday; 12:01-6 a.m. weekends) to 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on school days, acording to the DMN. Now there’s nothing wrong with keeping juveniles off the street, especially when they’re supposed to be in school, but how many initiatives can the city really afford to police these days. With three people (and $165,000 or so) being added to the city budget to police the newly enacted no-smoking-in-bars ordinance, do we really have the money and the civic will to stop every juvenile wandering the streets to see what they’re up to? It sounds like a great idea, but how much policing can the city afford to get involved with when it comes to individual liberties?
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