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Reader's View: Let's go to single-occupancy bathrooms for all

I grew up in a house with one bathroom for five kids and a mother and a father. When we visited grandparents on the farm, there was one outhouse. There was a lot of waiting time, especially on weekends.

I grew up in a house with one bathroom for five kids and a mother and a father. When we visited grandparents on the farm, there was one outhouse. There was a lot of waiting time, especially on weekends.

After growing up this way, I don't see why we can't have single-occupancy, gender-neutral public restrooms. The single restrooms could be set up so you could see when they're occupied or vacant. They could be used by all sexes. This would be better for women, who sometimes need bathrooms more than men.

When I was in school, we had hall monitors while each period was in session. This type of setup also could apply to the single restrooms. We could have one boy and one girl serving in this capacity to prevent any possible harassment during bathroom usage. The interiors of these restrooms could be similar to those outdoor portable potties. This would eliminate any hangout area inside restrooms. The handwashing area could be adjacent to the restrooms instead of behind closed doors.

John Oltmanns

Proctor

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