Yesterday’s Columbus Dispatch contained a short editorial in which they weighed in against allowing bare feet in the Statehouse.
SOME ADVICE to those upset about a Statehouse rule change that bans barefootin’ in the building: Take it in stride.
The rule change might pinch, but the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board is correct to require visitors to wear “shoes or comparable footwear.” The old building has cracked and uneven floors, and who knows what’s likely to be dropped or spilled that might injure someone.
And, while dress codes are getting looser by the day, this is a dignified venue; visitors should dress respectfully.
Bob Neinast, 57, a Pickerington resident who likely was the impetus for the change, said the rule is wrong. He likes going shoeless in the capitol, saying, “The tiles have a lot of texture.”
Neinast tangled with a state trooper and a former lawmaker last year. The Capitol Square Board has tried to change the dress code ever since.
The new rule restricts only toes, but not fashion. Neinast and other footloose friends might make a statement with their choices. Combat boots, anyone? Flip-flops?
So, bare feet are not respectful, but flip-flops are? They’re making it up as they go along.
Feel free to write a Letter to the Editor. Here is their email address.
They prefer letters under 200 words long. You also need to make sure you include your name, address, and daytime phone number (they call to make sure you are a real person, and that you actually sent the letter).
It is sad that they also just buy into myth.