USAToday favors restrictions on felons’ access to federal contracts

By Robin . . . So, let me be sure I have this solid, Josh Salman of USAToday: IF anyone is EVER convicted of a sexual offense against a teenager, he or she is eternally unfit for janitorial work? Is this right? Is this your credal position as a journalist?

Or maybe what you’re really hoping to convey by your crusading journalistic pinache is that no one convicted of a sexual offense against what the state of Illinois calls a “child” should be allowed to own or operate a business? Is that right, Josh Salman of USAToday?

Perhaps you’re simply offended by the notion that a returning citizen who has fully satisfied a sentencing order and paid his debt to society should be allowed to benefit from government programs financed by American taxpayers? Am I getting warmer, Josh Salman of USAToday?

I scratch my head. Because, taking your logic to its furthest extreme—which is a very rational thing to do in this instance—Ezekiel Lopez shouldn’t be allowed to borrow federal money for education, should never be considered for nutrition assistance, should not be entitled to any social security benefits, should probably not even be allowed to vote in a federal election. Is that right, Josh Salman of USAToday?

Please forgive me. You’ve very likely already forgotten who Mr. Lopez is now that the ink has thoroughly dried on your hit piece financed by Gannett Co, Inc.

I’ll keep it simple. Mr. Lopez is—was—an enterprising 49-year-old Native-American who managed a thriving business last week that employed other Americans, paid corporate taxes, deducted payroll taxes, and provided our nation’s veterans with critical janitorial services at medical facilities in and around Chicago, Illinois.

Like many other enterprising Americans, Mr. Lopez (who is also a taxpaying American, in case that isn’t clear) applied for and received federal contracts to provide his services. Equal protection. Equal justice. Equal opportunity. Reasonable, right?

Yet, this week—and exclusively because of you, Josh Salman of USAToday—Mr. Lopez is all-of-a-sudden unemployed, out-of-business, and so universally maligned by your sanguine devotion to journalistic integrity that he may very likely never find another job for the remainder of his life.

The inference of your shoe leather reporting about Mr. Lopez’s scandalous use of taxpayer money is that anyone convicted of a sexual offense—no matter how long ago—should be permanently barred from applying for federal contracts.

This presumption is baseless and totally unfounded. It’s uninformed, even. It drinks from a poisoned pool of inaccurate statistics and outright lies regarding the recidivism of registered sex offenders. This is why you, Josh Salman of USAToday, were able to include statements of indignation and desperate alarm from professor Charles Tiefer and attorney Robert Burton. They drink from that same poisoned well.

Ahh, yes. Ignorance does indeed remain blissful . . . and extremely damaging to others when it curries the favor of “responsible” journalists such as you, Josh Salman of USAToday.

The truth is that the overwhelming majority of registered sexual offenders living in the community (or applying for federal contracts) will never commit another sexual crime. In fact, nearly 96% of all new sexual crime is committed by a person who has no previous conviction of a sexual crime and therefore is not on the registry.

That’s right. According to the best statistical data available (and also to you, Josh Salman of USAToday), the individual who is most likely to commit a sexual offense against a teenager is the person who has never been convicted of a sexually based offense in the first place, and, in most cases, has no felony record at all.

A person just like you, as it turns out!

To your credit, Josh Salman of USAToday, you did take time to reach out to Dr. Jill Levenson. Dr. Levenson is a professor of social work at Barry University who has researched and published extensively about the ineffectiveness of our nation’s labyrinthine sex offender registry laws. In a 2015 interview with NPR, Dr. Levenson stated, “. . . research does not point in the direction of registries reducing sexual crimes or sexual recidivism.”

The factor most closely related to the lack of re-offense among registered sex offenders is a stable lifestyle that includes a place to live and, amazingly enough, employment. By endangering the life and livelihood of this one person, you have systematically endangered dozens of additional lives as well as the public safety at-large.

Black Lives Matter is the mantra of our moment, and indeed they do. But one thing is abundantly clear: The lives of persons on sexual offense registries who have paid their debts to society and are doing their level best to reintegrate and become productive, law-abiding citizens . . . well, they don’t mean a damn thing to you, Josh Salman, or to USAToday, or to the owners and operators of Gannett Co, Inc.

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Robin Vander Wall

As vice chair of NARSOL, Robin is the managing editor of the Digest, director of development, and provides assistance to the webmaster in keeping our websites running smoothly. He also serves as founder and president of Vivante Espero, NARSOL's 501(c)(3) foundation and legal fund.

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      Totally against the registry

      Robin, very well said! Thank you and NARSOL for putting things right!

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      Chris Ryan

      Robin, your piece was very well written. As a small business owner who has been off probation for 16 years I find your writing very relevant. If not for running my own business I would be unemployed due to me being listed on the registry. A decent well paying job is virtually nonexistent for someone in my situation, that is a registrant with a degree in a health care related field. I find it outrageous that Mr. Lopez could lose so much, when he is just trying to make a living. My heart goes out to him. Please keep up the great work. I wish there was some way I could help in your efforts.

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      Maestro

      I wonder if this Salman and any of his readers are fans of Elvis Presley and what they think of him still being an icon of music history considering his age of 24 to Priscilla’s age of 14. Ask Salman that. He’ll probably shrug it off because Elvis “waited” to marry her when she was legal age. Well, even having a 14 yr old girlfriend that you haven’t touched yet is illegal.
      Maybe Mr Salman has a 14 yr old girlfriend he’s waiting to turn legal age, eh?

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      Joseph

      I read with interest the Frank report, I to was blackballed from working with any type of jobs that had anything to do with the Fed’s, the state, county and the city, well needless to say I was eventually sent back to prison for not complying with my parole, it’s been well over 30 years now that I committed my sexual offense, believe it or not I am still unemployed nobody will hire me, on top of all this I have a vigilante in my area whose main purpose on a daily basis is to stalk me and my wife, destroy our vehicle, every day he posts flyers about me and my offense, quite a few times he has shown up at some promising job interviews and starts yelling about my offense well needless to say I am tired of him. My main income was the Fed’s, state and city contracts. Thanks for the Frank Report

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      Dwayne Daughtry

      As a national advocacy organization, NARSOL should at least reach out to Mr. Lopez and extend him a free membership by mail. People like Mr. Lopez should be aware that NARSOL and other affiliates are behind him.

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      Georgie

      Very well said. I am a single mom to a daughter whose father passed away and being on the registry has made it almost impossible to be involved in her life. I am the only parent she has and it is so heart breaking to watch how much this hurts her. All people see in us is the monsters that the media and society has made us out to be, they don’t even take the opportunity to get to know us and see that we are not bad people. They don’t know our stories and they certainly don’t know how much our offenses have hurt ourselves and our families and make it impossible for us to live a normal life and reintegrate back into society. Being in the registry for life is truly a life sentence and it’s a battle every single day… I pray for all of us every day because nobody deserves to be treated the way we constantly get treated.

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      Perry

      While there are many things I would like to say about this fellow, and none of them good mind you, I will instead only say this: He-like all Demonic Hate Filled People-needs Prayer. His Extreme Right-Wing; FOX NEWS, D.J.T., Triple-K Club, Jim-Crow-Laws, RACIST BASED, reporting and attitude, will NEVER allow for any level of Forgiveness or Potential Re-Integration, On the one hand, I want so badly to Curse his Life, Career and Family, just as his reporting has effectively cursed Mr. Lopez’s life and ALL OF OURS TOO. However; I will not do such a thing. Instead, I’ll Pray for the man. Almighty God Loves and Forgives The Sinner, and only Hates The Sin. I, as a Believing Follower-Of-The-Lamb, must do the same thing with regard to him. I sincerely pray that he too, does not become so deluded by The Enemy-THE DEVIL-that he ends up committing a Sexual Sin Based Crime himself, and ends up becoming ONE OF US. In that event, he also will know just what Real ‘Ex-Communication’ from Society is really all about…as well as The Wrath of The Pharisee/Sadducee Mentality of today’s State and Federal Legislators everywhere. After all, we all know that THEY NEVER, do wrong…Right? ‘Cough cough cough….’
      Done.

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      David V C

      I have a real problem with the media when they do this.
      We all know that the media is all about oohs, ahhs, and ‘get a load of this or that’!
      But when it comes to destroying someone else’s life to make a dollar in journalism,
      you have to ask yourself ‘who is really worse here….the one who committed the crime or the one who is making money on the one who committed the crime???
      Thank you, Robin, for you tactful rebuke to people who SAY they are journalists, but really are ravenous wolves looking for someone’s life to devour to fill their own belly.

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      CJB

      I, too, am a small business owner, and I am more than outraged by this two-bit Hack reporter, who along with the publisher has committed several crimes. I would sue this libelist reporter in civil court in addition to separate lawsuits against the publisher and distributor of this hostile supermarket tabloid. Since this business owner, probably will go bankrupt, I would do everything legally possible to bankrupt this hack reporter and his family, to the extent that he has no pennies to rub against one another. Therefore, Drag this thing out in the courts for years. There are many attorneys that would take this case, as it involves Libel….-I am sure they would take it on a contingency basis!

      This pathetic, spine-less, little ‘pee-wee’ of a reporter has to be sanctioned, sued, and reprimanded in civil court!

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      Svejk

      @ Joseph:
      What state do you live in? Are you still on the registry there? If so, the opening page of each and every registry contains a list of federal/state/civil violations which occur when someone uses the information on that website to harass, humiliate or cause damage to a person or their property.
      Have a good read of your state’s registry main page, and contact the police immediately. If you have any witnesses for the job interview issues, it would be good to have their names handy. If you really want to stop this person (it sounds like you know who he or she is) then come after them. Make *that* your project for a time. Have a list of dates available when you speak to the police and for goodness’ sake, lawyer up! If I were a person of the bar, I would be slobbering over the potential in this case. My bet is that someone would take it on for free.
      Good luck, and start today!
      Viribus Unitis!
      Svejk

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      Svejk

      Good article, Robin! If someone can prove he wrote it with the intention to harm Mr. Lopez, then he, USA Today as well as the Gannett Corp. are open to civil lawsuit. How did he even become aware of this man’s accomplishments?
      Under the doctrine of agency (“the agent binds the principal”) he could be in a world of hurt. Aside from that, this publication is only suitable for wrapping fish in and emergency toilet paper.
      Svejk

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      John Q Citizen

      Perry, 93% of US media is left-leaning so I doubt that has anything to do with it. It’s more likely if you compare an article about child sex offence to one talking about anything else, their click-rates are several times higher if the article is about the former rather than latter topics.

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      CJB

      UPDATE:

      Here is some Public Information that is available to all! Similar to what all ‘persons who are required to register’, deal with on a daily basis!

      Josh Salman’s email is jsalman@gatehousemedia.com
      -a spiteful reporter who has always written stories against anyone who appears to have done something wrong!…full of Hate!

      (He resides in Flori-DUH, which has some of the harshest SO LAWS IN THE WORLD-GO FIGURE!)

      -all his colleagues along with the wife are close friends with law enforcement!

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      FTR

      lets not forget about the founder of AWA John Walsh who as well Guilty of the same acts underage she 16 he was 23?
      John Walsh has a net worth of $20 million. of the backs of registered Persons

    • #75147 Reply
      Richard Earl
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      Robin, very much like your journalistic approach and logical method. Condemnation of Salman’s article should be universal. It’s bad enough that the media vilifies individuals before they are convicted. Then years later after completing a sentence and striving to reintegrate into society legally, the media assaults them because they are being successful. Mr. Salman has no morality and is an embarrassment to legitimate journalism. Those in his profession should condemn his conduct.

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        Robin Vander Wall
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        Thanks, Richard!

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      Lacona Darrah

      Thank you, Robin and NARSOL, for writing about this. You faithfully bring these injustices to the spotlight. It is making a difference. As I can tell by posts to this article, you’re telling the story of many. Keep it up!

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      SupportOurConstitution

      Thank. You. Robin.

      Ladies and Gentlemen,

      Keep up your good, respectable, character …and the work that it produces.

      Let not this man’s demise at the hands of this selfish journalist, persuade you into giving up.

      Not knowing Mr. Lopez personally, I will still venture to say this, on behalf of him and his exemplary work ethic,

      “KEEP. ON. GOING!”

      This reporter will be recompensed by an Authority greater than he.

      May the Lopez Family find Strength overwhelming their very lives.

      Amen.

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      CN

      There is power in boycotting companies and there are a lot of people on registers across the company. USAToday needs to be boycotted.

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      Ed

      I’ve said it before, have an online business and pay a friend a fee to have them be the registered agent/officer who makes the filings. Do business under a pseudonym. As long as you are not on probation/subject to search, create business email addresses that are not registered with any authority. Pay a professional firm to manage any business social media you may need. Register your business at a mailboxes etc, etc. Use a VOIP number to take and make calls like Google voice. Never ever give out your real name, home address, or ANY real personal information no matter how confident you feel. If you need to hire people, use Craigslist and use your non-personal email address and VOIP number, pseudonym, and look for hires around the country. Pay them through a business PayPal account or whatever app you may use that is registered to your EIN and does not display your personal name on any outgoing correspondence.

      Sound like a pain? This has worked for me for over a decade. It may stop working tomorrow, but it still works today. To hell with these people. I hope this “journalist” gets his, maybe when someone close to him makes the mistake of talking to a girl who lies about her age. Until then, look out for yourself and dont ever trust anyone. Be smart.

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      Bob B

      Hey Perry,
      Have you checked with BLM?
      I think they’re hiring. Bring your Bic…

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      erich raulfestone

      Is Josh Salman being sued?? Is anything being done to bring him to justice and make him pay for what he did or is it another, “you did bad” OK we “did”something all is good with the world now…… I feel empty until I see him behind bars!!!!!

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      TS

      The ripple effect on this is the employees he had working for him are also going to suffer from this contract cancellation. How many will be impacted and their families too? The ripple effect won’t be small. Under what clause of the contract’s T&Cs was used to cancel the contract is what I want to know (and Robin should too as an atty). They must have cause to cancel, so what was the cause? It is hard to get a 8a SDB fed contract cancelled but not impossible. However, given the VA has enough bad press with their poor mgmt, bad processing of claims, and vets dying in their halls, any additional bad press would not be helpful on the Hill when it comes to budgetary concerns. This one stinks badly during this 2020 summer…

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      TS

      Isn’t the point of succeeding past a previous mistake in life in showing you can succeed why the American dreams exists (or supposed to or maybe once did)?

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      TS

      I have been waiting for someone to make the Mike Tyson point this week during Shark Week given his history…

      If you don’t know, then you will see he is the Shark Week Ambassador upon researching it.

      Is his a success story then since he can do this now given his legal history or just because he was a badass boxer in his day and fame carries extra cred?

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      Linda Polk

      Wonderful job of reporting on an Abuser of Power feeding off of a person who cannot protect them self. In our book, Felonism: Hating in Plain Sight, we document the fact that society’s prejudice and abuse against people convicted of a sexual crime just makes our nation less safe and increases the potential for more victims. There needs to be a class action law suit against employers / companies who refuse to hire qualified individuals bases on previous convictions unless they can prove the past has valid bearing on the present.

      In future reporting, please identify this oppression as “felonism” and policies promoting this abuse as “felonistic” because we do not address problems until they are given a name. Can you imagine the Civil Rights movement making progress without using the term “racism”?

      Our real focus needs to be on the Abusers of Power who created and perpetuate racism, felonism, sexism, etc. in order to amass more power for themselves. This article does a great job of calling out the person and organization using this tactic. I hope hearing the truth about themselves will be a wake-up call.

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      Lovecraft

      A+ Robin.

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      Brandon

      I think that USA Today needs to be put into bankruptcy for unethical journalism. I hope Mr. Lopez’s employees sue for wrongful termination because the journalist stuck his nose where it doesn’t belong. Mr. Journalism needs a job at the National Inquire; which he’d be perfect.

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      A Mistake They Made

      Thank you Robin. Josh Salman of USAToday also did not consider that not everyone on the registry is guilty of a crime. May you pay a terrible price for your words Josh Salman, hell you deserve to join us!

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      John Thompson

      Email I just sent to him:
      This was a horribly targeted piece filed with erroneous information and innuendos intended to flame the false rhetoric of the sexual offender hysteria.

      I would hope that you find out a little more about the true statistics of sexual offenders, and hope that you will come around to the conclusion that once someone has paid their debt to society that they shouldn’t be having to pay for their mistakes for an entire lifetime.

      Take a little time and do some fact finding on sites like Narsol.

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      Lawrence

      The article is right on point and one of many instances where years after the offender has paid their dept to society and has been able to rebuild a life in society, pay local, state, and federal taxes…and build a career and business to have all lost due to inaccurate statements on recidivism.

      I too ended up losing a 25 year career with a single employer, worked my way up thru the ranks to a senior engineering position and then get called into human resources office. My job was terminated because of my name being listed on the offender registry. I asked the HR person…”That’s it? after 25 years of work and many awards and major accomplishments for the company?….the reply was Yes, that’s it.”
      All this happened May 2019….I’ve been looking for employment since within my field of engineering expertise. May have to move to another state for work ect….but bottom line is that nearly all businesses and corporations will run background checks…with the results of that employment position not being offered in many cases.

      I wish all out there, like Mr Lopez, the best of luck and keep going!! Don’t give up.

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      GaReform

      Josh Salman must be proud of himself that he has used the keyboard as a weapon to destroy a person who was trying to do everything right and be a productive member of society again. I wonder if he took the time to reach out to Mr Lopez and understand the situation or was his article just another attempt to capitalize by tearing down another person.
      If Josh Salman feels that it’s in the interest of public safety to share Mr Lopez’s history and home address then it should make sense that it’s in the interest of everyone with a sex offense to know all about Mr Salman. I’m sure with a little “investigation” online there is equally personal info about Mr Salman.
      Thankfully NARSOL is able to turn the spotlight on the true villain of the story and that is Mr Salman.

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      Charlie
      Charlie
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      Hi Robin, thank you for bringing this illegitimate journalist’s behavior to our attention. When I read your article, I was compelled to take a closer look at this “reporter” and other articles offered up for consumption, for clues that indicate where such **** comes from. I concluded that if this were a client, I would be likely to diagnose an underlying personality disorder. The foundation for such would be a clear disregard for healthy boundaries and instead a craving for narcissistic intrusion and control. I chose to label this “reporter” as an instigative vigilante, a form of destructive narcissist.

      Instigative vigilantism comes in many forms. Those losing as investigative reporters can fit this classification of individuals who seek to legitimize their own need to intrude upon others, transgress normal social boundaries simply to aggrandize or legitimize their personal pathological need towards control. Power and control are often the driving force behind domestic violence, personal assault, and other forms of abuse. Instigators can be very methodical and precise in the application of their transgression of boundaries, often attempting to involve others in their acting out. By enticing or manipulating others or groups into accepting or supporting the premise of the instigators justifications, irrational belief in the moral authority if the vigilante reinforced. In the case of this “reporter” based partly in a review of other articles authored, it appears that there is such a motive behind choices if targets.

      What is ironic to me is the close parallel between the serial offender and the vigilante. Believing in ones right to transgress is inherently antisocial. Good boundaries are prosocial, in that they are defensive and necessary to keep individuals and others safe within relationships, including overall society. However, the desire to or actual effort to control others is offensive, because it is forces one person’s will upon another. Hiding behind the guise of journalism in order to transgress without first considering all facts, including the presence of eminent harm, is a cheap effort to overpower victims and gain control. No respect should be given to such perpetrators of social violence. Making victims by any other name is no less criminal, and only the ignorant applauds such behavior.

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      CJB

      Mr Ed…..

      I have done this for nearly 19 years, even before the State screwed me

      I continue to DO the same to this day!

      Actually, just formed another LLC…using similar business strategies that you have so professionally stated

      I cannot say this enough!

      Forming an LLC, one is a subcontractor, which is really the only way to earn incomes while legally shielding one self from the piranhas out there!

      All persons required to register should do this discreetly and professionally!

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      Tom x

      Consider as well that in addition making life untenable to Registrants, or those who in the past were convicted of an offense against someone under the age of 18, by denying employment or a business license The Government marks one’s passport with a stamp identifying said SO as such. Thus preventing that Registrant, or SO, the chance to move out of the country to make a living.
      Seems the intent is to starve SO to death…

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      WH

      I agree with maestro.

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      Lois Finelli

      My email response to Mr. Salman

      Mr. Salman,

      I didn’t know about your article until yesterday. Glancing at the headline, I was expecting to learn about the man, Lopez, who happens to be on the sex offense registry, and therefore despicable (at least in the eyes of the greater public) and undeserving of government-contracted work. I expected to learn why he was undeserving.

      Instead, I learned that Lopez had been in prison after conviction for sexual assault, that he had done his time, and after release started to make a life for himself. He moved on. He was successful, I gather, and his success enabled others to work. The matter of incompetency or bad business practices did not come up, nor did any further violations of the law, or posing a danger to the public.

      I learned more about the tendency of the government to award contracts repeatedly to the same companies and I was reminded of laws that allow the disenfranchised to rejoin and reintegrate into the community and to become responsible citizens.

      If the article had been entitled “Person loses COVID-19 contract at VA” rather than “Sex Offender,” it’s doubtful that many would have bothered to read it. I wonder if you had substituted “Black man,” “LGBQT,” “Murderer”, “Felon,” or “Former Prostitute,” what the response would have been. Would it be implied that any one labeled as such would also be undeserving?

      Labels can be vicious. Journalists, like all people, use them for convenience. Labels also misrepresent and condemn. We all know that labels used in headlines attract attention too. They distort, they shock, they sell.

      What was your article really about, Mr. Lopez?

      Lois Finelli

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        Robin Vander Wall
        Robin Vander Wall
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        Very well written, Lois. Thanks! I hope he reads it with reflection.

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      WearethePeople

      Robin, Thank you, for bringing this to our attention. I would like you too hear the claps, from my hands. And I loved Elvis Presley, and Jerry lee Lewis. I wish things were more like that today, and we would not have most of this. It is hard to believe that in 1869 we completed a railroad system to take people and things across the USA, from east to west. Killing of Indian’s and others was a common thing along with wildlife like buffalo. Now we our considered civilized, but still we find fault with a certain type of Humans.

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      Ed

      CJB,

      Kudos to you, sir, for being an early pioneer. I neglected to mention that one of my companies (the one that pays me, and that I am an employee of) indeed subcontracts to the other! Now if I could only get off the registry, I’d undertake every one of the “invisibility” strategies from a certain author and disappear happily into a retirement off the grid!

      Our strategies may not be realistic for every registrant, but their implied mantra is, and every registrant should live by it – trust NO one. If you believe that registered life means that any practical segment of a society that you expect to integrate into, and certainly expect to rely on for your livelihood, believes one iota that you are “rehabilitated” and have “paid your debt” to society, then you are deluding yourself and in for a rude awakening like the subject of this vigilante journalist when the rent comes due. When you are trying to rebuild the cornerstones of your life that actually matter, don’t do any of it in public. Your public-facing persona is for superficial interactions and for making yourself look beyond reproach from afar, and in casual daily encounters. If you believe church is going to save you, that’s your prerogative, but know that most participants in organized religion are the most hypocritical and backstabbing people you will come across – no thanks. I have long-time friends who don’t even really know what I do, beyond the basics of the industry I work in, and that I’m a freelancer. Drive a newer, respectable car (preferably a newer luxury car or SUV, be able to converse socially and appropriately with anyone you encounter, have confidence, and look out for yourself (and family, if relevant) first

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      CJB

      Good Day Mr Ed

      Thank for you for your ON POINT comments

      wish to discuss with you further thru the phone

      perhaps, through someone, we will be able to exchange that information

      thank you again for your professional comments

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      Neil Fisher

      I would think that the sex offender law changes in the United States would have changed the media and the public opinion by now Guess not. But let’s discuss the changes . 47 soon to be 48 states have done away with all in one basket sex offenders. The Tier system is making major changes and it also made for the true facts that only 3 to 5 percent of all offenders are considered to be dangerous .that meaning that between 95 to97 percent of all offenders are not dangerous are low threat down to no threat .All dangerous sex offenders or Sexualy violent predators
      Are Sex Offenders BUT all Sex Offenders are Not Dangerous or high threat as stated only 3 to 5 percent are considered as such.
      Let’s look at California for example on Jan 1st 2021 of the 130,000 offenders in that state some 95 percent will by 07/2021 be allowed to no longer have to register and will be allowed to petition the court to be removed from the registration and Meagan’s law as to no longer being considered a reg offender or being placed in the same basket as a sexual predator . And this is how it has been in the other 46 states. That already are using the tier system .
      The reason for the Tier system is for many more reasons and causes than what is being brought to the view of the media and the public. Important is it has shown that a majority of the need for sex registration in the first place was for public safety and that is now being shown and proven to be a false statement the 95 percent of the offenders being placed upon the sex offenders register was ,has and is for punishment as to be in a direct violation of the constitution under cruel and unusual punishment . I ask that from this day on that everything I just mentioned be kept in mind. before writing any articles on sex offenders .
      Thank you
      Good day
      NBFisher

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      Sandy Rozek
      Sandy Rozek
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      Whatever good the tier system may or may not do, it has no effect on some of the restrictions that are the most onerous. It doesn’t matter what tier Mr. Lopez is; he is still out of a job and out of a company just because he was found to be listed on the sex offense registry. Residency restrictions target everyone on the registry. Prohibitions against being in certain places, many jurisdiction’s Halloween restrictions, and restrictions on certain types of employment in many places apply to everyone on the registry. I just did a quick survey of the statutes of the first fifteen states alphabetically. Of those fifteen, twelve require public registration of everyone convicted of a sexual offense whether or not they have a tiered system. A few of those make exception for juvenile offenders, but all twelve require the listing of all adults with a sexual crime conviction to be listed on the public registry.

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      Tim in WI

      Robin,
      Naturally you will not be hearing from the author nor his editors. Opinion not fact is commonly conflated as news worthy. While the USA Today & NYT & WAPO are colloquially referred to as news papers, more often than not are behaving like something else. Naturally popularity is key to selling printed propaganda. Victims stance has profitability in it, especially for the attorney set who gain public attention via media outlets. Victims stance has a demoralizing effect upon the people with respect to trust in one another. This Mr. is aggrandizing himself for person gain rather than supporting good public policy.

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