Thursday, 01 May 2014 00:00
Anton columnist Michael Miller was absolutely right to say, about the legal requirement that Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio follow up his publicly-pledged oral oath of office with a signed, written oath, “What a stupid law”. However, he called it an example of “the WORST kind of law, the kind that is selectively enforced”. As bad as I agree it is, I believe there are many more equally bad—and worse—laws. Such as laws written (sometimes purposely? ) with loopholes so big you could drive a truck through them; laws that are almost NEVER enforced; laws “enforced” with pathetic slaps on the wrist, probations, conditional discharges, suspended sentences, concurrent sentences, community service, token fines viewed as a cost-of-doing-business, and other “punishments” that fail to have the most desired effect of any “prohibitive” law : a DETERRENT effect. Therefore, I hope every Anton newspaper will invite its readers to submit their nominees for bad laws that themselves need the “death penalty”.