Wednesday, January 26, 2005
John Izzo: in no hurry “to turn our parental responsibilities over to the police.” WestportNow. com photoWestport Selectman John Izzo today reiterated his opposition to an underage drinking ordinance.
He was the lone vote against a “sense of the meeting” resolution at a Board of Selectmen meeting tonight that endorsed the ordinance to be acted on by the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), the town’s legislative body, next week.
First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell and Selectman Carl Leaman voted in favor.
In a letter to WestportNow, Izzo said he agreed to a postponement of the non-binding “symbolic” resolution at the board’s Jan. 12 meeting to comply with Farrell’s request that he attend a forum on the subject Jan. 19 organized by the PTA Council.
“For the public record, I am holding to my original position and do not support a new underage drinking ordinance for some of the following reasons in no particular order of the importance,” Izzo said.
“The police did not request this ordinance. The PTA maintains a neutral position and did not endorse this ordinance.”
Izzo reviewed the provisions of the proposed ordinance including allowing police to enter private property if they suspect underage drinking ֖ and wondered whether police would ticket everyone if “perhaps only one or two children are drinking.”
“Most likely, yes,” he said. “So certainly innocent kids will be ticketed. A record will exist and newspapers may print their names if 16 years of age or older.”
Izzo said he has not seen any police records indicating any frequency of such parties. He added, “Ordinances on the books already allow any adult to be ticketed for serving minors. The key words here are ‘private property’ and ‘police power.’”
“I could go on at some length, but I see no need—my position remains the same, ‘parents should parent and police should police,’” Izzo said.
He noted that when his sons were growing up, he and his wife had a curfew for them. “It, of course, grew later as they grew older, but we always made sure we were awake when they came home. I’ll bet the same tactics will work today,” Izzo said.
He concluded, “In my view we shouldn’t be in any hurry to turn our parental responsibilities over to the police.”
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Typical Westport conservative. Just let that underage kid get drunk and get into a car and kill someone. Not everyone in good ‘ole Westport is intelligent.
“Not everyone in good ‘ole Westport is intelligent.”
So it seems. If you would like an intelligent reply see http://www.westportnow.com/archives/010624.htm � “Two RTM Committees Split on Recommending Underage Drinking Bill”
Hmmm. Gee, isn�t it the “conservatives” who are “law and order” and just want to go around and arrest everyone, guilty or innocent? So, the options seem to be; “throw ‘m in jail”, or “let ‘m kill someone.” Perhaps there is a middle ground in here somewhere that actually addresses the issue.
I agree with Mr. Izzo. “Parents should parent”. I guess in a “permissive and progressive society”, parents are too busy trying to be their off-springs friend rather than parent. Let them deal with the underage drinking problem. Passing this ordinance is like letting the camel’s nose under the tent.