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Letters: No kids allowed is unfair

Original post made on Aug 22, 2008

Dear Editor,

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Posted by Allison Sotelo, a resident of Val Vista
on Aug 22, 2008 at 5:28 am

My family was also extremely disappointed to be turned away at the last First Wednesday Street Fair. My daughter looks forward to dancing with the other children while her parents relax with friends. I think the city should rethink their decision to keep everyone under 21 out of that area. They will be losing a lot of business.


Posted by frank, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Aug 22, 2008 at 8:48 pm

I have stated my opinion in other threads, but it is worth doing it again in view of the letter. The letter documents an experience extending over four years. Yet, one instance of abuse of the event by a narrow segment of our population has produced an over-reaction by our police and the association that puts on the event. Rather than make a rule against the perpetrators and then enforce it, they choose what may be an easier way for them but an unacceptable solution for the very constituents for whom these events are designed! That is, ban the children, thereby excluding families, but the early 20 somethings can still come in and enjoy.

People need to vote with their feet and not go to these downtown first wednesday things at all....


Posted by commonsenseBob, a resident of Canyon Meadows
on Aug 26, 2008 at 9:44 am

Allison, I am sorry to be the one to break it to you, but life isn't fair. I think the city acted appropriately in the interest of safety, and I don't think children belong in a beer garden now that it has become nothing less than a crowded outdoor bar. Did you go to the last event? It was more crowded than ever, so I don't think the event "will be losing a lot of business".

Frank, you are simply out of touch. Is there an area of our lives where the many have not suffered due to the actions of the few?? This is no exception, and the beer garden wasn't "designed" for kids in the first place. Furthermore, Your suggestion to "make a rule against the perpetrators and then enforce it" is ridiculous. Fighting in public? Yep, have a law against that. Drunk in public? Yep, have that one covered. The only thing predictable about this situation is that someone will eventually get hurt in a rowdy crowd of 5000 people, and you'll be first in line to ask "why wasn't something done to prevent this!?". Go ahead, think with your feet, boycott the event. Guess what, the other 5000 people won't notice your absence.


Posted by aaron, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Aug 27, 2008 at 1:50 pm

common sense make sense. who'd figured that! thank you bob. if they don't serve food, but do serve alchohol it is a bar atmosphere. not a day in the park.


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