September 13, 2017 5:00 am
Updated: September 13, 2017 1:12 pm

Bob Layton editorial: Whose rights matter most?

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So, Rick sends me an email that echoes the views of many people within the sound of my voice.

He asks, “What kind of a society do we live in, where I tune in for the news and they inform me of the release of another sex offender? Not only that, but the police say they have reasonable grounds to believe he will commit another sexual or violent offence against a person, including children.”

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Rick wants to know where he missed the left turn in life.

I hear you, Rick.

We’ve been told some offenders cannot be cured, yet they do their time and must be set free, and no politician seems to have the courage to try to change the law.

May “commit another sexual or violent offence against person, including children.”

We have signs around schools to slow down cars, is there something that would slow down predators?

We know a restraining order is not worth the paper it’s written on.

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Anklets can be cut off.

It seems the only sure way to keep potential victims safe and not use up valuable police time is to keep the offender locked up.

Unless, of course, we think the offender’s rights are more important than the victims.

Let me know what you think.

Bob Layton is the news manager of the Corus Edmonton group of radio stations and a commentator for Global News.

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