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Reader's view: Stupidity wrong, not skateboarding

The ban on skateboarding in Canal Park and the possible ban in downtown are perfect examples of throwing the proverbial baby out with the bath water ("Skateboarding banned in Canal Park," June 16).

The ban on skateboarding in Canal Park and the possible ban in downtown are perfect examples of throwing the proverbial baby out with the bath water ("Skateboarding banned in Canal Park," June 16).

The Canal Park skateboarding ban was just a bad ordinance. It was propagated by local business owners and city councilors to stop loitering, the destruction of property and reckless endangerment, in which skateboarders sometimes engage.

But there already were laws in place to address all of those offenses. There's not a lack of laws or ordinances but a lack of enforcement. And adding another ordinance will not increase enforcement. Banning an entire segment of the population will not stop people with no regard or respect for others from continuing to behave as they do.

What the ordinance does do is vilify kids and adults who use skateboards as a means of transportation or in a reasonable manner. Safe and responsible skateboarding should not be banned, even if it is perceived that only a small percentage of skateboarders act responsibly.

Again, laws are already in place to deal with the other percentage. This ordinance is akin to banning smokers from Canal Park to stop cigarette butts from being littered about. It would be no more ridiculous to ban driving in these areas to stop people who drive while talking on their cell phones.

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The city is punishing a large group to address the stupidity of a few. The ordinance missed the point entirely and should be repealed.

Elden Lindamood

Duluth

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