Letter to the editor 1, Oct. 8, 2015
About 20 years ago, my husband was summoned to court in Hudson on some small issue about our swimming pool. It was a very hot night, and my husband wore Bermuda shorts with the customary knee socks and sandals. When his name was called and he appeared before the judge, he was immediately dismissed and told to reappear one month later in proper attire as shorts were not permitted in court. The next defendant that night wore torn jeans and a black leather jacket over a bare chest, the whole body sporting chains, bracelets, and piercings, etc. He was apparently appropriately attired!
My husband did not protest this ridiculousness; in fact he actually bought a suit to reappear before the judge! I agreed with my husband's attitude towards the authority of the court, and to comply. It seems ridiculous nowadays, though I am not sure if this ruling still applies.
Perhaps the condemnation of wearing the niqab when confronting officialdom will also seem ridiculous in a few years.