In his recent, “Where Have All the Leaders Gone?” columnist Chris Freind comments on the Chesapeake, VA city council’s mandate that “anyone over the age of 12 caught trick-or-treating faces fines and jail time.”

Apparently, a city code dictates that those 12 and older out there knocking on doors on Halloween are “guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine of not more than $100 or by confinement in jail for not more than six months or both.”

Oh, and any “legal revelers” still out there after 8 p.m. face similar penalties.

Is it any wonder, then, that Friend asks, “Has it dawned on anyone in Chesapeake (along with several neighboring towns that have passed similar ordinances) that their police have been demoted to glorified revenue collectors and babysitters?”

He then cites other incidents of misguided actions, such as “Mark Salvas, a Marine veteran who served in the Gulf War and was hired last month as executive director of the Allegheny County (Pittsburgh) Democratic Party. And just like that, he was forced out. Why? Because last year, he posted a photo of himself and his wife with the caption, ‘I stand for the anthem. I kneel for the Cross.’”

Another is the case of Ron Darling, former MLB pitcher and current announcer, who was “chastised on—where else?—social media because he mentioned that the wildness of Yankees’ pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was a ‘chink in the armor.’ Really? Ron Darling, who is partially of Chinese ethnicity, had to apologize for those words, clarifying that he wasn’t, in fact, an over racist?”

There’s lots more where that came from in the column, and, no, he’s not making it up. If only he were…

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