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I am actually all for freedom. Personally, I dont think the government even has a right to build a skate park or a swimmng pool or any other thing that competes with private business, because it is unfair competition.
It is ok for them to have parks to protect the land and create greeen space because it is good for the environment and the community and it a park doesnt realy compete with private business, because it would be hard to turn a profit with a park, but I bet someone has.
However, parks shouldnt be allowed to build BMX tracks and stuff like that because their are private companies out their doing that and how can you compete with a goverment that can just bleed money and raise taxes when their business plan sucks.
I am all for super compressing governement down to the bare minimum so we can regain our freedoms. So I bet we think a lot alike.
OMG... I am so sorry. I just assumed you were a woman, because I have an Aunt named Jean. Around here usually spelling it like Jean is generally for women and spelliing it Gene is usually for men. I guess it is different in different parts of the country.
Skateboarding is wherever on the planet you want is not a right. In most cities you cannot just skateboard up and down the sidewalks of the main business district.
Just because they build a park just for skateboarding doesnt mean they cannot set rules and stipulations for use of the park.
Where I live they charge you for a sticker to go to the parks in the area. That is not unconstitutional. Just a pain in the ass.
Originally posted by alaskan
The young kids that have no idea there's anything to worry about are going to grow up thinking about these systems like "Oh this is just like at the park, no big deal..."
A new turnstile would unlock only after a scanner read and recognized the thumbprint of anyone who wanted to enter, said Poway Community Services Director Robert Clark of the city's plan to curb vandalism and misbehavior at the park. Use of the park would still be free.
The system already is employed in parking lots, gyms and other facilities, but this may be the first time it would be used at a skate park, Clark said.
"To our knowledge, no one has this," Clark said. "If this works, you'll see a lot of cities jumping on this fast."
The City Council heard the proposal Tuesday but delayed a decision to allow staffers time to answer technical questions raised at the meeting. Clark said he does not know when the item will return to the council. The preliminary cost of the turnstile and upgraded security cameras would be $50,000, according to the staff report. Clark said the renovations would help the city monitor who is using the park.
City Hall would maintain a database of the names, ages and fingerprints of people who register to use the park, he said. That information, with an upgraded camera system monitoring the park, will help keep skaters on their best behavior even when no one else is around, Clark said.
The thumbprint scanner could be used to bar people caught vandalizing or misbehaving at the park,
and it also could be programmed to allow only skaters of certain ages to use the park at specific times, Clark said. Sometimes younger skaters who are intimidated by older skaters will use local shopping centers, parking lots of basketball courts instead, Clark said, adding that designated skating times could keep the youngsters off those sites and get them back in the park.
The purpose of creating public facilities is to acknowledge the fundamental right people have to either skateboard, ride their BMX's, or play golf, but they are creating these facilities with the reasonable expectation that reasonable people will use the facilities to enjoy their fundamental rights instead of using other public areas which could create a controversy of rights.
First of all none of these even existed 100's of years ago.
Look if skateboarding in a skate park is a fundamental right then you must say that every activity, need, etc of a human being is a right.
Therefore everything must be free because by making me pay for it you are impeding my access if I dont have money.
So basically what you are saying is that the only way for us to get our rights (as you percieve them) is to create one massive, shared Marxist society.
Are you a Progressive by any chance?
Do you believe the government is compelled by the constitution to give us free food and shelter if we cannot afford it?