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November 19, 2009

Sex offenders can now be blamed for ruining Christmas tradition

Sex offenders surely do not need any more bad press.  But this new article from USA Today, which is headlined "Postal Service to block 'Dear Santa' letters to North Pole, Alaska," suggests that they might soon be blamed for ruining one of the best parts of Christmas:

The U.S. Postal Service, citing security and privacy concerns of children, will no longer forward "Dear Santa" letters to the Alaska town of North Pole, putting in jeopardy the town's 55-year-old volunteer letter-answering effort by the town.  The concern is that names, addresses and other private information about small children could get into the wrong hands.

Postal Service officials note that a postal worker last year in Maryland recognized a volunteer in the agency's Operation Santa program as a registered sex offender, the Associated Press reports.  The Postal Service now prohibits volunteers in such programs to have access to children's last names and addresses.

Mayor Doug Isaacson says the Postal Service is "running roughshod" over the city of North Pole, whose identity is tied to Christmas, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports.   "What grinch would conceive of something so sinister?" Isaacson tells the paper.  He says businesses and civic organizations in the town of 2,200 gear up for the program every year "when we're able to really demonstrate the spirit of Christmas."

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski has called on the postmaster general to scrap the new policy.

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"Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski has called on the postmaster general to scrap the new policy."

Thank goodness.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Nov 19, 2009 11:54:55 AM

I AM SICK OF THE lack of common since. That has been ruled on or against sex offenders. The laws on sex offenders are based on fear and emotions not common since. The laws they make on sex offenders, is like going to war without a plan.

Posted by: BYRON | Nov 19, 2009 12:40:56 PM

There has been cases of children being murdered, and when investigated, found that the murderer was a sex offender. The media shows each case 100's of times. But, the whole issue has gone beyond anything practicle, such as appropriate laws. It is a hysteria, and our society has created scapegoats. Societies usually have to have scapegoats. Just hope that it doesn't happen in your family. It can happen in any family. All it takes is for a female child to say somebody touched her in the wrong place. The Duke LaCrosse boys said their parents each spent over a million dollars to defend them. Most families don't have an extra million dollars laying around. The media loves it. Each time something happens to a female, Nancy Grace or Jane Valdez Mitchell say, "it was a registered sex offender who did it, look at this map, look how many sex offenders lived near her." Then, it usually turns out to be a parent, or a step-parent, or a teacher, or a Sunday School teacher, or another kid, or a wide variety of sorts of people. But, they still always say that, and they usually have some expert say that the recividism proves that a sex offender can never change. (based on nothing, he just says it for sensationalism.)

Posted by: DLJ | Nov 19, 2009 3:25:14 PM

I guess it was only a matter of time before Santa Claus became a suspected child molester :(

Posted by: virginia | Nov 19, 2009 4:28:41 PM

Oh, I can't resist!

Byron: "The laws they make on sex offenders, is like going to war without a plan."

me: wouldn't be the first time, sweetie.

Posted by: virginia | Nov 19, 2009 4:41:47 PM

Now, for the rest of the story. It must be expensive sorting and mailing all those letters to nowhere.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Postal Service still struggling after thousands of layoffs

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service has slashed 25,000 jobs this year as it struggles to reduce a massive budget deficit.

Posted by: George | Nov 19, 2009 6:58:50 PM

Parents should always be very attentive to their children, cause child molesters are always hidden and it's hard to determine them at once.

Posted by: Marriage Records | Nov 20, 2009 7:19:25 AM

Parents should always be very attentive to their children, cause child molesters are always hidden and it's hard to determine them at once.

Posted by: Marriage Records | Nov 20, 2009 7:19:59 AM

Oh, I can't resist!

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. (But beware!)

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