Oh, my God! An 11-year old has been found alone! What’s America coming to? Apparently it never occurred to anybody at The Courant – not “reporter” Nicholas Rondinone nor any of his editors – that the real story here is not that an 11-year old has been “found alone” but that an 11-year old being alone is now a crime in Connecticut. Incidentally, when I was eleven, I traveled every morning from a small village to go to school in a big city: I walked on my own a mile or so to a rural halt, caught a train to the terminus in the city, walked across the downtown, and then caught a bus. Not a school bus, just a regular city bus. I enjoyed it all immensely.
That’s what’s discouraging. As stupid and disgraceful as the Bristol Police’s behavior is, they’re acting out of self-interest in expanding the role of the state and the power of the class of supervisory bureaucrats. What’s the excuse of Mr Rondinone and his brain-dead colleagues in going along with it?