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My Turn: Proposed ban on sagging pants in Dunn

I don't usually find myself on the same side of an issue with the American Civil Liberties Union, but I'll make an exception today.  This time they are fighting something I often oppose - more government control.

The issue at hand is situated in Dunn, North Carolina.  That's where the town council is considering banning saggy pants.  The proposed ordinance is aimed at outlawing pants worn more than three inches below the waist.

Now, I'm not a fan of this fashion, but the thought of the local police in Dunn measuring where kids wear their pants and then citing them is ridiculous.

There are already laws on the books for indecent exposure - that should cover any extremes gone bad.  But, if they choose to wear their pants hanging low or underwear on their head, that's their right.  It shouldn't be any different than hiking your pants up high above the waist.  You can do that.  Nothing criminal, you just look foolish.  It gives the rest of us something to laugh at. 

Let's just hope the town council members in Dunn wear their big boy pants to the next meeting and act like adults before enacting an ordinance that does nothing but play big brother.

That's my turn. Now it's your turn.  To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at You can also leave your opinions in the comment section below.


Emailed comments from viewers:

Another two thumbs up for you on the pants issue.

It among a lot of other things that are going on in our country reminds me of the H. G. Well's book and movie "1984", Big Brother is watching you and it's very scary


I understand the desire to keep folks civil liberties their civil liberties, and to stop the control of Big Brother controlling things that we do.  However, the problem lies in the fact that the youth in our society have lost all respect for authority, others,  and themselves.  At some point we need to make a stand and create some parameters for these young people.  Change is never easy, but why do we continue to allow to talk about their rights to express themselves and offend folks who have to look at their butts hanging out.  What about the rights of the parents who are trying to raise their children with a little more self respect and concern for others.  That's My Turn.  I say vote it in and set the standard for others to follow.


I commented earlier that let those fools wear their saggy pants so we could have more humor in these tough times. But just like most places have a no shoes/no shirt/no service policy, just add the baggy pants to it so they can pull them up and look like young men instead of the joke for the day!


Obviously they are trying to crack down on gang violence. You made the wrong choice siding with the ACLU who doesn't [care] about that.


Highly approve your turn tonight...too much government already!! Loved the line "Gives us something to laugh at"! Rock On!!!


I do not agree with your position. I believe that it is way more than their freedom. I support the band because just maybe it will cause the parents or parent to start acting like responsible parents and adults in driving higher standards for the child.

So, let me ask you? Do you think these kids have aspirations to go to college? If their parents won't set higher standards for them, then let's take this ugly option away from them. Just maybe, a few of them will actually get use to wearing a sports coat and slacks.

This is my opinion.


I would of sided with the folks in Dunn, but you made me think about the other point you made, laughing at these folks. If these young folks think that's a style, that will give us something more to laugh at with no cost to anybody. Won't have to go to any comedy club, just walk outside and look for yourself.

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