With an abundance of "Letters to the Editor" to get on the page today, I'm going to keep "One Man's Perspective" in perspective.
First, I'm not going to tell you how to vote on the jail issue. I've made my position very clear to anyone who regularly reads this column or discussed it with me on the street. What I will say about the vote is this - get educated. You still have a couple of days before the vote. Don't go into the voting booth and cast an uninformed ballot, do your homework. And by homework, I don't mean ask Aunt Sally how she thinks you should vote. We have a detailed video interview with Sheriff Randy Krukow, getting the information on the jail in our "5 Questions With ..." segment. Take 15 minutes and watch it before you vote. Then at least you can cast an informed ballot.
Just one more thing before I call it a week.
I've had multiple people ask me personally, or comment to people I know, regarding the use of minors names in the paper, with particular interest to criminal behavior.
As managing editor here is my policy for the record.
If a minor is involved in a crime, and it's a felony - their name is going in. Felonies are pretty serious in nature.
If a minor is involved in misdemeanor crime, in most cases, their name will not go in the paper. That's in most cases, there are exceptions to every rule.
If the misdemeanor involves distribution of drugs and illegal substances to others, or the criminal behavior puts others in jeopardy, the name is going in.
From my viewpoint, if a persons behavior is a threat to anyone else around them, the public has a right to know.
A minor sitting in a park drinking a beer getting popped for minor in possession, is probably not a big public threat.
A minor sitting behind the wheel of a car, driving down Grand Avenue, after drinking beer in the park, becomes a threat to the public.
A minor gets caught with marijuana paraphernalia on his person is not necessarily a threat to your children. That same minor selling or providing marijuana to your and my children is now a threat to the public.
And if your an adult, don't bother calling. If you get busted, regardless of the charge, your going in. If you don't want to be in the paper, don't get busted - pretty simple.
That's how the decision is made. It has nothing to do with name recognition. It has nothing to do if your the athlete or the loner, the brain or the brawn. From this editor's standpoint, everyone is equal when it comes to criminal behavior.