I agree with the Editorial Board's view on this topic...thank you! While Tophat makes a valid point about people boarding planes, I think a distinction can be made between that scenario and people entering a public building. Are we going to start requiring individuals to remove shoes and belts to enter the library or the mall?? Yes, terrorists have a great deal of patience, but I doubt seriously that any of the employees with 20+ years of service to our county are patiently biding time to wipe out the masses at the courthouse. We need to approach this issue with a little common sense.
I was in the same hotel as several pilots and flight attendants (rode the shuttle to airport with several). At the terminal, they went through the same security check as I. Over the years, I have lost contact with several airline pilots friends, but at that time, they all stated they had to clear the same security check as passengers. They all complained it was a "royal pain", but all agreed it was the only safe way. Recall the terrorist had enrolled in flight school, one or more could have gained employment with an airline, in time. Terrorist do have a huge capacity of patience.
Perhaps the rules have changed. However, I do not think the mindset of those pursuing violence has changed.
To bypass this concept is effectively profiling.
Wonder how this is going to affect those visitors who come to tour our historic courthouse, or those wanting to check with the county clerk to do some genealogical research?
Did folks have to stand in the rain this morning?