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[Response to a letter from Laura Salander]

To the editor:

I think Laura is absolutely correct. For too long now we have been putting off the subject of the city and county getting something for our youth to do. We have concentrated on making downtown a viable business attraction; now it is time for the boards to step up and figure out what to do about not having a thing in this town for the youth to do.

If the city and county board continue to just make this a police action, then we are not gaining anything for our children other than rap sheets for doing what is legal, just not where the city would like for them to skateboard or bicycle. They continue to run the youth farther and farther from downtown, giving them no other alternative [place] to be.

Vandalism and other crimes happen when kids have nothing constructive to do, which has been the issue for some years now. We can't say, "Well, we have the park district or YMCA," when not all our youth are interested in these types of activities.

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Skateboarding and bicycle parks are a very popular attraction for the youth of most cities. I'm sure the board is concerned about the insurance or liability of this type of undertaking, so call other cities and find out how they do it.

Let's do something before we have the police picking up every kid just because they are boarding on the sidewalks, or, like some say, that an elderly person gets hurt. It's in the board's best interest to invest in such a park and not the back of the Lincoln Police Department.

Josh Bruns

(Posted Sept. 30, 2006)

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