Duluth hate crime charge unfounded

  • Article by: EDITORIAL , Duluth News Tribune
  • Updated: June 6, 2012 - 10:27 AM

The "hate crime" that was an alleged attack on a man because he was gay.

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kindaliberalJun. 6, 1211:18 AM

Parties in gravel pits by underage drinkers have occurred for what, 100 years? While accidents happen and young people die it is our stupid alcohol laws that cause young people to go hide and drink in the first place. Young people usually have to DRIVE to remote areas to avoid the authorities. Young people are going to drink. So what to do? In Germany for example, young people are allowed to drink at a younger age. Their drinking is monitored by adults, usually their parents, and they don't have to sneak around to drink. Would it be better if young people don't drink? Probably, but they do. So what action does the least harm, monitoring and guiding their drinking or cause them to go hide and do their drinking? We actually still let them go fight in wars but don't let them have a beer.

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biasedhomerJun. 6, 1212:04 PM

All I know in regards to the Twin Ports is that the Anchor Bar in Superior has the best burgers in the Upper Midwest!!! Nothing beats a half pound "Galleybuster" with fried onions and pickles!!!

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okbruceyJun. 6, 1212:19 PM

Gee, what a surprise that someone like this would claim victim status when he was the aggressor. I'm shocked. Shocked!

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reggiedamanJun. 6, 12 2:26 PM

A crime perpetrated against me is no different than a crime perpetrated against one of these so-called protected classes.

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patasticJun. 6, 12 3:48 PM

Its funny the Editorial went out of the way to say it "was still held in an unsecured, unmonitored place, a gravel pit."--Like it would have made a difference if it was monitored and secured? They're underage. Which means anyone monitoring it or hosting it at a secure location would have been charged with a crime. Time to let freedom ring and change these stupid drug and alcohol laws.

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mongoose32Jun. 6, 12 4:00 PM

Social media campaigns? A march? A rally? All because one man claimed to have been the victim of an attack motivated by his sexual preference? This is testament to the fact that society has not progressed from the days of witch hunts & lynch mobs. Our emotions can be a liability in these cases which is why we must let cooler heads prevail until the facts surrounding an incident are brought to light. This man has done a great disservice to the victims of all hate-based assaults. Crying wolf does not help his cause. If anything, it creates a sense of distrust toward victims when real assaults occur & resent toward their particular group or sub-culture. This is my primary objection against hate crime legislation. No one should be subjected to physical or verbal abuse solely because of who they are. If someone is singled out for abuse because they are wealthy or poor or short or fat it should not be considered a lesser crime than if they were attacked because of their race, religion, age, sex or orientation. This type of thing, while well-intended, often ends up fueling resentment against the very people it was meant to protect. If you don't believe me, look at the comments above mine.

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nowilffare1Jun. 7, 12 1:16 PM

High school kids drinking beer in out of the way locations??? OH MY GOD NO!!!! We should make each high school kind be chaperoned around by a police officer to make sure something like this never happens again! WTH? Maybe if the drinking age wasn't 21 and instead something like 16, kids wouldn't have to find places to hide in order to drink beer and the risk of being in an isolated environment is nearly eliminated.

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