Updated Jun 7, 2012 - 3:07 pm
I like to think of myself as a protector of all things children. That is not to say I find all children equally appealing. Some I never cared for at all - but if they're kids, they need protection.
However, we seem to live in a time when, because of the actions of a few evil people, our society attempts to envelop all our offspring in a life-sapping isolation bubble inflated by extreme over-reaction.
The latest example is the 73-year-old Scottsdale man forced out of a major chain bookstore because he was in the children's section alone. What was a grown man doing there? He was shopping for his five and seven-year-old grandsons.
A customer became alarmed at this brazen affront to her standards and alerted a clerk at this Barnes and "not so" Noble, who proceeded to boot grandpa.
The corporation later apologized, but I don't care.
I also just don't want to hear the phrase "You just can't be too careful."
Yes, you can.
You can strangle a child with suspicions that prevent them from enjoying the amazing gifts that come from the company of loving grown-ups.
I'm Pat McMahon.