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Registering only the deserving fewPosted Thursday, February 28, 2008, at 9:42 AM
It appears that the state is going to add an animal abuser registry in Tennessee to go along with the sex offender registry and the online list of convicted felons.
The proposal has already been passed by the state Senate.
I agree with the sex offender registry, and tend to agree with the animal abuser registry.
But how many types of registries should be set up? Is it going to lead to DUI registries, as State Sen. Mae Beavers wants for repeat offenders?
Registries of speeders? Archives of images of traffic-light runners? (Cameras, with no mention of archives, are being set up now in Murfreesboro to catch violators.)
Serious criminals and long-term serious traffic offenders need to be make known to the public. Let's hope, though, the registries are limited to only those who are a real threat.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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