The propriety of young men wearing baggy pants down to the middle of their buttocks has reached the halls of government in Baytown, the refinery town 30 miles east of Houston, where the City Council has been asked by a local radio personality with KWWJ-AM ("Keep Walking With Jesus") to put a stop to the butt-baring pants brigade.
It's a problem, says the Rev. Gregory Griffin, that can't be handled without government intervention.
"If you do talk to them you'll get a good cussing out," Griffin told the council.
The city would do its youth a favor if it banned the attire, Griffin insisted, because no employer will hire a job applicant sporting the low-riding pants.
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"Get them to understand. Let's help these boys help themselves. Let us help them to get their lives together. Tell them to pull their pants up. I don't want to see it, you don't want to see it," he told them.
A roomful of spectators applauded the idea, The Baytown Sun reported, and the council listened but didn't commit itself.
The Rev. Griffin, though, wants the issue put on the ballot in November, despite opposition from the local newspaper, which has editorialized against passing legislation outlawing the pants, and the sentiment of some citizens like Tom Cottar, who told the town council, "People reserve the right to remain stupid. That's their right."
-- Steve Olafson