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January 29, 2006

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On sex offender registry:

Hoosiers finally have a user-friendly, easy-to-access method of determining whether any convicted sex offenders live in their neighborhoods with the launch of the newest version of an online registry.

The sexual offenders registry now allows parents and others to select a city, ZIP code or address and see a map of the area that displays the location of the homes and, in some cases, workplaces of convicted sex offenders. When the computer user puts the cursor on the location of an offender, a box pops up displaying the photo, name, address, age, height and weight of the offender.

This has been a long time coming. The sex offender registry dates to 1994. The legislature expanded the law in 2002 to require sheriffs to post offender’s names, photos and addresses on the Web site. But the site required users to search by the offender’s name or street name, a long and frustrating process for any city residents living in dense neighborhoods with numerous streets.

With Monday’s launch of the new Web site, state officials have finally fulfilled the legislature’s goal of making it relatively simple to see where molesters and other sex offenders live in any given neighborhood.

– The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne

On confirmation of Samuel Alito:

His legal qualifications have never been seriously questioned. His judicial temperament is sound. His ethics, after thorough investigation by political enemies and supporters alike, are admirable.

Samuel Alito is far from an extremist, as his more partisan detractors have asserted. He’s served well for 15 years as a judge on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He’s readily qualified to join the U.S. Supreme Court.

So why is Alito expected to get only a bare majority on the Senate floor?

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