Why do reporters feel like they have to inject their own personal feelings into a story? I thought reporter ethic was to be unbiased and report on the issues only?
By: Lynette Adams WHEC-TV
Is there any room for sex offenders in East Rochester? (Leave your personal feelings out of the report, report the issues!) A new law in the small village makes it illegal for sex offenders to live anywhere near places that children visit like schools and parks and most homeowners are happy about the new law.
- And where is the studies that shows this even has anything to do with preventing crime? Where someone lives, has NOTHING to do with recidivism, period.
Mitch Evans is a third generation East Rochester resident and father of four. He worries about the safety of his two high school age children and applauds a new East Rochester law that outlines where sex offenders can live.
Evans said, “It's an unsafe thing to have them that close especially with walkers in this village. It's not like they're getting on a school bus right outside of school and being carted home and some of them have quite a distance to walk and it's a lot of opportunity for sex offenders.”
- Sure, if some offender wants to harm a child, just because they have to be forced into exile doesn't mean they cannot commit another crime, either. If they really wanted to, nothing about these laws would prevent it. It's just Big Brother's way of inching it's way into your life, and eventually to control and enslave you. The government cannot protect themselves, so why do you think they can protect you? Only you can do that, and even that is not 100%.
The new law prohibits convicted sex offenders from moving within 2,000 feet of schools, playgrounds and parks, recreation and community centers and day care facilities.
- And how many sex crimes can you tell me of, which has occurred within 2000 feet of any of these places?
Village Administrator Martin D’Ambrose said, “We're not restricting access. We could have blankly said look, you can't come and live in our village - that would be wrong, and we didn't do that. There are places you can live, carry on your life and your daily activities and it won't affect you in the least so I think what we did was come up with a good compromise.”
- Good compromise? What a joke!
Police Chief John Tando says right now there are four registered sex offenders living in the village and violating the new law, they have one year to move. Enforcement will fall on the shoulders of Tando and his department. “Right now I think it's a great law. I don't think these individuals are going to want to move here if the law is in effect, so I don't think it's going to be that much of a burden on my guys.”
Pat Leper supports the law, but says the answer isn't simple. He says everyone has rights. “I know they have rights but so do we with our kids.”
Sex offenders who violate the law could face a $500 fine and 15 days in jail and a $,1000 fine and up to six months in jail for subsequent offenses.