The Minneapolis City Council is attacking baseball hats, doo-rags, Bowler hats and anything covering your head. Murder, crime, education and jobs sit on the back burner. In our opinion, this is just the start of cleaning up downtown Minneapolis in preparation for the Super Bowl and other events related to the 2016 opening of the U.S. Bank Stadium (formally, The People’s Stadium).
Posted by Don Allen (Source: Email via Chuck Turchick)
Minneapolis, Minn – To add injury to insult, the City Council has repealed the lurking ordinance and the spitting ordinance; Council Member Andrew Johnson is going for the hat trick. He wants to repeal the ordinance prohibiting the wearing of hats or any headgear in theaters, auditoriums and places of amusement. A public hearing is going to be set for August 12.
Repealing obsolete ordinances and statutes is old hat for politicians on the rise, so don’t be surprised if Mr. Johnson is about to throw his hat into the ring for some higher office.
But hold onto your hats, folks. Maybe I’m talking through my hat, but it seems to me the current ordinance really isn’t all that clear as to whether it prohibits all hats or just hats that interfere with another person’s view.
And if City Council hearings — in particular, hearings on stadiums — could be characterized as “places of amusement,” I’ll eat my hat if anyone wearing Vikings headgear at such a hearing is ever told to take his or her horns off, or face a charge under the current ordinance. Some people I know were mad as a hatter at that blatant — in fact, televised — flouting of the ordinance.
All in all, though, with hat in hand, I say, “Hat’s off to Council Member Andrew Johnson.”