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SUN HERALD | Editorial: Gautier doesn't need fashion police

WAYNE PARRY/ASSOCIATED PRESS/FILESaggy pants are a popular style among some.
WAYNE PARRY/ASSOCIATED PRESS/FILESaggy pants are a popular style among some. AP

The Gautier City Council did the right thing when it hitched up its britches and decided not to vote on the so-called saggy pants ordinance without further study.

We believe the city would be better served if the Council dropped the ordinance altogether.

Does this mean we like to see young folks running around with their underwear exposed? Hardly.

Saggy pants aggravate us. And, they look pretty silly to older folks.

But thankfully, we all have the right to look a little silly, particularly as teenagers and young adults.

We agree with the three people from Gautier who said police have better things to do than dictate fashion. And, they're right -- such a law could drive a wedge between the young people and police.

Young people have been rebelling and testing the bounds of authority for decades if not centuries. Once, a woman who bobbed her hair was considered racy. Before long, though, a flapper made the cover of The Saturday Evening Post.

The '50s had the DA, or more appropriately, the ducktail hairstyle. In the '60s, the hippies rebelled. Jerry Rubin, a counter-culture icon of that era, grew up to be a successful businessman.

The bottom line: It's the job of parents, not police, to guide their children through the minefield of adolescence.

We do have a word of advice for the young people, though. Don't show up for a job interview with your underwear showing.

This editorial represents the views of the Sun Herald editorial board. Opinions expressed by columnists, cartoonists and letter writers are their own.

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