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Hoops reasoning

May 18, 2014

Where were you, Loni Gamble or Bruce White, head of CAPPA, when the hoops were open? Obviously not in Memorial Park....

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May-19-14 5:05 PM

i agree the players brought it on themselves. they were totally oblivious to the trash all over the area while playing. they knew they were walking on thin ice and all they had to do was make an effort to pick up the mess and dispose of it. the trash cans couldn't have been any closer. yet it was left to lay in defiance of the Mayor. i think he did right by not caving in. they had their chance.

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May-18-14 12:04 PM

Lauri- I am not as concerned with the actual cleanup. My concern is with health and welfare of the innocent that use public parks. While I may not of done what Gabe did I appaud him for doing something. Many politicians stay away from controversial actions fearing political suicide. The impact of his actions will be seen next election. While I have no intention of running for mayor and there is a civil liability for doing nothing I support his action. Since a huge amount of funds were used for cameras it would be good to find the root cause of their lack of effectiveness. And if the hardware could be salvaged to become effective.

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May-18-14 11:43 AM

Doobio fair enough. I also have a question do we not have a "parks and recreation" in Williamsort? I would think that is their job to clean up at parks and recreational places correct? What do you think happens in big cities where drug use is prevelant do they close up every park or take down hoops? I understand that picking up glass or a syringe would not be top of my list but I think that would be included as debris in their job description. I would think between the cameras and the parks and rec guys litter and drug parapanalia would be non existant. We are paying for these employees and cameras and not getting good results.

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May-18-14 11:14 AM

Lauri-I just don't know enough about the camera situation to comment. Yes I would like to know more. Are they just positioned wrong? Located wrong? Resolution is poor to identify individuals? I guess I would like to know why they are ineffective before I draw an opinion.

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May-18-14 11:05 AM

Doobio while I agree that usage of the park is a privelege not a right, why are you not concerned with all of the taxpayers money being spent for the cameras that were supposed to help with the drug problem but they can't help put a stop to litter?Used drug material is found all over the city it is not only in Memorial Park. My question to you and the mayor what good are the cameras if lets say a game of pickle ball goes horribly wrong and someone is shot, how will the cameras help?

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May-18-14 9:04 AM

And I think local police are better served dealing with the ****** calls rather telling grown adults to pick up their red bull cans.

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May-18-14 9:02 AM

What opposers forget is the hoops are a privilege not a right. Abused privileges can result in the removal of that privilege. The fact is these courts were being used for more than just a friendly game of hoops. Criminal activities existed. Used, dangerous, pariphanalia was left behind for kids to get into. Gabe did the right thing to protect these kids and the city. How would these oposers react if a child was injured or worse killed because the city allowed this to continue? I'm sure there would be outrage that not enough was being done. You should all be thanking Gabe for allowing the other courts to stand. I suppose putting hoops up in your own driveway or back yard would be out of the question? Not sure how hoops have been equated to food and water.

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