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Replace Library Bus Stop Benches (Please?)
By Carol Baines


January 07, 2008
Monday AM

Someone mentioned the word "bullies" in regard to people complaining that the bus stop benches at the library were removed. I think the bullies are the ones who decided to take harsh action -- without fair warning -- by removing the benches and thereby punishing everyone.

I'd like to make a couple of suggestions if I may:

1. Place a sign that warns of consequences of a fine and/or imprisonment if alcoholic beverages are consumed or partying, orgies, loitering, or whatever takes place there.

2. Install a camera, which someone else mentioned (with an audio recorder to catch the perpetrator using foul language). Surveillance cameras are used just about everywhere now anyway, so why not place one there? In addition, the police station is just a couple of blocks away from the bus stop.

I don't know why anyone would choose to go to the library bathroom to vomit -- when there is a gutter, a trash receptacle, and a creek in close proximity to the bus stop. If they did, they should be required to clean it up. Perhaps additional cameras in the bathrooms would be a good idea.

It makes a person wonder how the people that requested the benches be removed can tolerate going south on vacation to the big cities where there are REAL problems to deal with. In conclusion, if I spent my working day observing what was going on outside on the street/bus stop, I wouldn't keep my job very long.

Thank you.

Carol Baines
Ketchikan, AK

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Received January 04, 2008 - Published January 07, 2008


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