Thumb Award SKIN GAMES: BATTLE FOR R-RATED MOVIES RATES AN A

Thumbs Up to Mike Kagy of Mesquite who gets our good citizenship award for the month. It was Mike, an auto mechanic by trade, who rallied the forces in Mesquite to vote to approve R-rated movies for the suburb’s planned cable TV system. The movement to prohibit R-rated movies on the Mesquite cable was sparked by a coalition of local church pastors who opposed the movies on moral grounds and called for a public referendum -the first such vote in all the United States (remember, it’s R, not X-rated). In the wake of his group’s resounding victory, Kagy pronounced it a victory over “apathy, hypocrisy, censorship, and ignorance” and labeled the whole affair “a public embarrassment.” We couldn’t put it better ourselves.

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