Married Man's Trail and other
By Kara McElroy-Steele
April 21, 2010
Regarding Ms. Susan Coady's letter about Married Mans trail,
I have two things to say. Back in the day (if you lived there
for 25 yrs you should remember this), it was common place down
on the Tongass dock, for homeless drunks to sit and sleep, behind
it and in front of it (before it turned into Tourist Central!).
You would also see them hangin out around the loop of bars all
the way around the corner by Tom Sawyers.
Because of the police and public complaints, they migrated to
an area where people aren't this time of year...not saying it's
ok, but just because you don't see something in front of you
doesn't mean it's not there. Don't take your kids down Married
Man's Trail until later in the season! You do remember why it's
called that right? Goes straight to Dolly's house??? Depending
on the age of your kids, don't take them down there till later
in the year. Find other places to go.... don't take an "alley"
when an open street is right there. All about choices. I would
NEVER have put my kids in that sort of situation. Choose to be
a more street smart Mom and don't drag kids down into an area
that seems seedy just because YOU think you should be there.
Sorry, but that whole area by Park Avenue to the Ballfields,
are and always have been the low side of town. It can be scary.
About the speed? I've been there with my girlfriend during the
summer, during all the busy ball games her son plays, and everyone
slows down........ (when they don't, you see Fathers running
out to yell at them to slow their roll) because they don't want
to see ANY child or adult hurt or killed. If you're seeing this
"speeding" after hours, and your inside, or safe in
the park, and the POLICE say pretty much "Sorry", keep
your kids away from the road! If it's that Bad, sit out there
with a chair, and be one of those little old ladies who like
to write down license numbers to annoy the cops. However, legally,
IF they don't see it, especially a speeding vehicle, you're out
of luck. Would you want the police knocking on your door, saying
that some anonymous person saw YOU speeding somewhere earlier
in the day, and someone called you in? How fair would that be?
So play by the rules, take your children to a safer place if
you're that concerned (like the beach) to play. If you're still
not satisfied, get active in your Community Watch Program or
start one! Gotta start somewhere! Start with solutions, rather
than complaints, and you will get a a lot farther! Good luck!
About: "33 yr resident
of Ketchikan, 12 yr resident currently of Kenai Alaska"
Received April 18, 2010 - Published
April 21, 2010
Man's Trail By Susan Coady
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