Mooners must beware

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By Becky Cassell, Editor

A small Illinois town is taking on droopy drawers. Congratulations to the Pine Lawn City Council.

According to a Nov. 13 Associated Press story, City Council members there recently passed a law against saggy pants. Offenders could face fines of up to $100.

Illinois business developers, the story said, have suggested that the law would improve the city's image.

But Pine Lawn isn't the only town that has sought to have people's bottoms covered. According to the AP story, several other towns across the country have started "crackdowns" on saggy pants. In one Louisiana town, wearing pants low enough to show boxers or bare buttocks means six months in jail and a $500 fine.

While my sons don't necessarily agree, I think it's a great idea.

My two boys attend Campbellsville middle and high schools, where, thank goodness, officials insist on shirts being tucked in.

The younger one isn't quite as bad as the older one, and even he doesn't wear his pants like that of some teenagers I've seen, but we still have disagreements over the horizontal aptitude of their jeans.

But that's nothing compared to what I saw at a shopping center in Lexington recently.

A young man there was wearing a nice button-up shirt, shiny new sneakers and jeans. He was even wearing a belt.

The problem was that his belt was located beneath his bottom end. Completely beneath. And it was pulled so tight that he had trouble walking. I remember thinking I was glad it was tight, though. It would have been a most unpleasant sight otherwise.

I don't doubt that it would have been physically impossible for this young man to walk up a flight of stairs. He wouldn't have been able to lift his leg high enough to get his fancy sneaker onto a stair.

I guess I'm just not "hip" enough to get it.

My son says loose, baggy jeans are comfortable and that there's not enough money in the world to make him wear jeans that are skin tight.

I suppose the point is that things aren't the way they used to be.

When I was a little girl, at our church it was commonplace for females to wear a hat and gloves, and males, even young boys, wouldn't be caught dead without a coat and tie.

Now, it's completely the opposite. They wouldn't want to be caught actually wearing those things.

They say history always repeats itself, so I guess I'll just wait until it comes back around.

Of course, when it does, today's young men might miss it. Most of them will be bent over pulling up their pants.