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Posted Thursday, March 26, 2009, at 3:21 PM

Should good taste be legislated?

State Rep. Joe Towns of Memphis thinks so. He's proposing a state law and $200 fine for baggy pants.

"It's an anti-crack bill," he told WTVF-Nashville.

If underwear or buttocks show, you're in trouble -- at least, if the law passes.

Others have seen the possibility of racial profiling.

Towns may have the best of intentions, butt -- whoops, but -- law officers have more important things to do than serve as fashion police.

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If you really want something to work yourself up into a frenzy of discouragement, check out the Tenn. General Assembly...http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/

See what your own representatives are supporting, or how little they are supporting. Either we've not conveyed our local needs and wants clear enough, or they're just getting started. I'm not a political major, but it seems someone is setting everything in motion the charter school to be good to go...with no mention of improving existing failing programs.

Seeing how we can't keep teachers in our school district, maybe some of the bills that are representing our political district aren't representing we support and need a consistant, caring, highly qualified teacher base.

The U.S. Dept. of Education's website is all a flurry about the million that needs to be distributed to districts within 30-45 days..so school administration, instead taking the time to do interviews with newspapers...get on the horn and get the ball moving for the almost 3 Million Dollars set aside for Bedford Co. Thanks to such a rural and low socio-economic status....our schools Could be state of the art...models to our neighbors...Could actually give ourselves hope to educate and improve our future status.

-- Posted by starparent on Sat, Mar 28, 2009, at 5:39 PM

-- Posted by starparent on Sat, Mar 28, 2009, at 5:17 PM

I don't think legislation is needed on this. Education would solve it better.

If all the teenagers knew the trend started in prisons as a signal that a certain type of inmate felt "receptive" I'd bet at least some would kick the habit.

-- Posted by quietmike on Fri, Mar 27, 2009, at 2:06 PM

While I could care less about seeing sagging pants, I think laws like this are just silly. It seems we are becoming more and more like a nanny state from Obama down to our local government.

Where does it end . . . are we going to legislate overweight people from wearing tight clothing or fine people for not wearing a shirt? The government should not be the fashion police!

-- Posted by jaxspike on Thu, Mar 26, 2009, at 7:42 PM

I understand that he has probably HAD ENOUGH, but this should not be a bill nor should it get much more time than it has already had.

It looks tacky, sloppy and all the rest but the fad will pass as did our 60's stuff. But it all comes back again, so when were pants falling off in vogue before?

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Mar 26, 2009, at 7:39 PM

he he he..that is amusing....

Nope i won't be wearing the burhkha but the anti-crack bill is amusing. How can it be racial? I see more white boy's wanna be trying to act black.

so what is the deal there.?

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Thu, Mar 26, 2009, at 4:53 PM

And how soon before some other legislator decides we need an anti-midriff bill? Maybe, to remove all sartorial confusion, they can just assign us robes and burhkhas ...

-- Posted by MotherMayhem on Thu, Mar 26, 2009, at 3:46 PM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.