How the Common Council and You Can Keep Kids Safe


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In light of the council’s recent canard concern with the safety of kids as a priority legislative issue, I wanted to offer some ideas to the Council given their overwhelming concern on how to keep kids safe:

1) Invest in public education : the Council must approach the GASD on developing new programs and garner necessary public support for the tax increase to support programs to keep kids safe. Let’s see more money for programs to increase academic performance and extracurricular activities which clearly show that they reduce risks to youth in terms of adverse behaviors such as drug use and crime.

2) Invest in capital improvements at the parks: the Council must invest in capital projects to improve the appearance and amenities at the parks, many of which appear in disrepair. The Council must be resolute against the voices of those who bemoan beautification as worthless and unworthy of taxpayer dollars. Personally, I am delighted to see the Council embrace beautification of the parks for kids as a priority and look forward to taxpayer dollars being allocated for beautification purposes.

3) Get older drivers off the road: to keep kids safe, the Council must pass some form of legislation to keep older adults from getting behind the wheel. If you drive around the city, you don’t need any statistics at all to know the biggest danger to kids, well anybody really, is older drivers. The empirical evidence is pretty strong that you and your kids are much safer playing basketball on the street from where you can run to the curb versus dodging older drivers from a myriad of driving errors. I am sure the Council will do the right thing here.

4) Be consistent and ban kids from the streets completely: I see kids playing football in the street and even worse, riding their bikes in the street. I don’t think that’s safe at all. I think the Council needs to ban these activities as well as they hardly seem safe to me. As the Council loves protecting taxpayers, I think a fine of $500 and confiscation of the bike for riding your bike in the street would add some much needed revenue to the city. After all, police departments confiscate property under the provisions of asset forfeiture via the drug laws and really, isn’t a kid riding their bike just as much a public health threat than dealing smack? Even more troubling, playing basketball is indeed a hair’s breadth away from blue meth.

5) Get new city leadership and get involved: for kids, there is no greater threat to your quality of life than the adults in charge of city affairs. The reason that kids get short-changed in the city year after year is largely due to the adults in charge and the adults, mostly parents,  who fail to get involved to drive changes. Let’s face it: kids don’t factor into most decisions because they don’t vote. In many cases, that is the fault of the parents who either fail to vote or who remain apathetic to the affairs of the city. So kids and parents, if you want to see some changes in the quality of life for your kids, you know what to do.





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