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Bus stop benches
By Riley Gass


December 19, 2007
Wednesday AM

I find it ludicrous that benches were removed from the bus stop at the library. Apparently someone thought it was so horrible that a couple of homeless men were staying out of the rain and sleeping there, that they thought it was appropriate to not only take their shelter away, but take away the benches from absolutely everyone who might want to sit down and rest from walking or before taking the bus.

I personally love to sit down on the bench and read a book, listen to music, or have a nice conversation with one of the homeless men who have been run off from the bus stop, but now I can't. I am not aware of any wrong doings at the bus stop.

I will admit that some of the people that are often there almost always want to have a nice friendly discussion, but who cares. If you really think that you're that much better than the homeless men that you can't sit next to them or talk with them, then walk ten feet back to the covering in front of the library or two feet to the left or right and sit on one of the other uncovered benches. I also have seen non homeless people that are waiting for the bus smoking and talking, but no one accuses them or punishes them for it.

It's America, everyone should have the same rights.


Riley Gass
Ketchikan, AK

About: "12 year old seventh grader and concerned citizen"

Received December 18, 2007 - Published December 19, 2007


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