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Why outlaw skateboarding?

September 1, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

To the editor:

Last night, my daughter came home upset that she had been stopped by the Saranac Lake police because she was riding her longboard downtown to get some pizza. The officer turned on their rooftop lights and detained her and her friend, and informed them that there is a village ordinance that states that longboarding is illegal within the village unless on private property. I found this to be ridiculous and wanted to address the issue here.

If Saranac Lake thinks that passing a law that prohibits the use of a non-carbon-emitting transportation for young people is a good idea, then we will continue to fail as a community that is trying to appeal to young families with children. Skateboarding is not a crime, and young people who work hard, save their money and want to buy and use a longboard should have as much right as anyone who rides a bike or rollerblades on our village streets. I can't help but think that by placing the "skatepark" behind our village police station, Saranac Lake village officials hold a different opinion, that skateboarders are criminals who need to be watched. We should question the idea that we can plan and litigate our way to a truly organic community of thinkers and doers.

John Vargo

Eat 'n' Meet Grill and Larder

Saranac Lake



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