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Bus Stop Benches
By Cindi Davis


January 16, 2008

I think it is important to realize that the benches were not removed in response to homelessness. They were removed in response to inappropriate behavior. This isn't a drive against the homeless, but an attempt to restore the library parking lot and bus stop to the public family-friendly area it should be.

No one is saying that the homeless should not equally share in the library and bus stop facilities. However, vulgarity, violence, and drunkeness have no place at our public library. I would expect that if I were to spend the day drinking at the bus stop, spouting vulgarities, and getting in fights, I would be asked to leave (at best) and be arrested at the worst. Obviously removing the benches is no long term answer, but three cheers for someone trying something to keep our public place G rated.

Cindi Davis
Ketchikan, AK

Received January 14, 2008 - Published January 16, 2008


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