City Council should tell ACLU to take a long walk on a short pier

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As usual, local Republican “wing nut” Josh Penry is almost half-right on several counts (“City Council should tell ACLU to take a long walk on a short pier”).

First, Penry admits that he is no lawyer – and thus is understandably unfamiliar with the legal precedents upon which the ACLU’s lawsuit relies.

Second, failed gubernatorial “wanna-be” Penry nevertheless feels amply qualified to offer unsolicited free legal advice to Grand Junction City Attorney John Shaver.  Of course, unlike former Vice President Al Gore and Shaver, both Penry and his ill-informed legal advice clearly “suck”.

Third, the Grand Junction City Council would be better advised to promptly offer to sign a consent decree – drafted with the ACLU’s participation – to bring its anti-panhandling ordinance into full compliance with federal constitutional law and the First Amendment.

Fourth, as Penry aptly chronicles, the ACLU has a long-standing and celebrated history of successfully taking-on wildly unpopular causes – including right here in River City – and usually wins.

Fifth, because the ACLU more-often-than-not prevails on the merits of its controversial lawsuits, the ACLU is often awarded attorney fees and litigation expenses – which must be paid by the loser (Grand Junction), if not (but better yet) by Penry personally.

Sixth, the monies that Grand Junction is about to lose could be better spent enabling Sister Bland to expand her project to provide affordable housing to homeless veterans.

Of course, the same First Amendment that the ACLU is citing to protect the rights of “panhandlers” also protects Penry’s right to continue spouting childish gibberish on the pages of the Sentinel – whose journalistic standards Penry perpetually embarrasses.

But, “I guess no one should be surprised by anything” Penry opines—because he and his fellow-Republicans (including Scott Tipton) have been sabotaging the national economy and local job creation for five years now.

I like to go round and round with Josh on some things he writes but I will say he is right on with his article today!  The ACLU needs to be told to go pound sand!  You can’t always protect people from themselves!  Playing music on a sidewalk is different than standing on street corners walking into traffic for a handout!  Not to mention annoying.

The city council is right on with the approach to have some parameters.  Now we can only hope they don’t crumble under the bullying of an organization that many times doesn’t want to follow through with consequences for those making bad choices regardless of the issue!

I have a hard time believing this was written by an adult and not a petulant child. What an embarrassment.

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