Tuesday, November 7, 2006

Vote No on Prop. 83 & 85

Tomorrow (well, today) is Election Day. Please remember to vote. And let's pray that the Democrats will take back both the House and the Senate. I think it may be possible.

Also, if you reside in California, please vote NO on Propositions 83 & 85. Prop. 85 requires parental notification for a minor to terminate a pregnancy. Of course, we all know how wrong that is, so there is no need to discuss it (I hope).

Many liberal and progressive organizations and unions, however, are silent (likely due to political reasons) on Prop 83, which prohibits registered sex offenders from residing within 2,000 feet of any school or park and expands monitoring of such offenders to include lifelong global positioning system tracking. That is so fucked up. Why must sex offenders continue to be punished for their crime, even when they have already served their time and paid their debt to society? We as a society already have a website to monitor the residences of sex offenders, but now we're going to tell them where they can or cannot live? Don't we all know by now that most sex offenses are committed by people we know, rather than random strangers on the streets?

I know I am a minority when it comes to this view, but I feel very strongly about it. There are better ways to reduce recidivism.

Read this LA Times article about how Prop 83 can negatively impact our communities. The article is actually quite neutral, but it does a great job outlining the arguments for both sides.

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