Down By The Boardwalk
For some reason I've always hated that old saying: A few people go and ruin it for everyone else...
In the case of a proposed curfew of the Eureka Boardwalk, one wonders if it's just a few people. The Old Town area of Eureka has been a magnet for riff- raff since time immemorial. Most every town has its own Skid Row, and probably always will.
The Eureka Reporter story on the curfew proposal makes it sound to me like it's almost a done deal. The Times- Standard story this morning made it sound like there's a little more ambivalence on the issue by those involved. Unfortunately, I didn't see the story on the Times- Standard web site so I can't provide a link. It's on the front page for those of you interested enough to go buy a hard copy.
Interesting that many seem to think the problems on the Boardwalk during the daytime seem to be worse than those at night, yet some still propose a night time closure, at least temporarily.
What I find scary is the sentiment some have as a gal quoted in the Times- Standard story. She had a "Why not?" attitude about the curfew and seems to think anything we can do to reduce crime is a good idea- whether its effective or not. No consideration seems to be given in regards to individual liberty. If that sort of attitude keeps gaining acceptability we'll all likely be under some sort of curfew eventually.
So, curfew or no curfew? I'll leave it up to others to worry about. Seems to me, though, a curfew won't make the people causing the problems disapper. They'll just do the same thing somewhere else.