Skateboard ordinance closer to fruition

Skateboard ordinance closer to fruition

There are 57 comments on the Commonwealth Journal story from Feb 27, 2009, titled Skateboard ordinance closer to fruition. In it, Commonwealth Journal reports that:

The City of Somerset is one step closer to enacting an ordinance regulating the use of skateboards and other such vehicles in certain areas downtown, but the boundaries of the "No-Skate Zone" have yet to be ...

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Lincoln Perry

London, KY

#49 Apr 9, 2009
shannon chappell wrote:
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1. you probably a high school drop out,who doesn't have a real job so you get on this gay web site and make ur self look even dumber, you must be from cockwrestle..erm i ment rockcastle god knows everyone here is a buch of tards like you.
You have a great deal of repressed anger, don't you Shannon?
shannon chappell

London, KY

#50 Apr 9, 2009
Lincoln Perry wrote:
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You have a great deal of repressed anger, don't you Shannon?
actually i do, i was diagnosed with chronic stress disorder and a bunch of other bull crap
Take This

Somerset, KY

#51 Apr 9, 2009
I skate off and on been so since i was a teen but yeah im getting old LOL...

I hope they do start leaving the skaters alone and give them a place to skate, but all and all i see nothing wrong with them skating where they see things they spot and just skate it.. They always get busted for doing what they love to do which is skate....I would rather see them skate and have fun and not end up like some of the trash i see in Somerset...
crazy

Danville, KY

#52 Apr 11, 2009
bob wrote:
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I don't think anyone has a problem with anybody just riding a skateboard or even a bicycle. The problems start when the skateboarders start doing tricks on private property and damaging that property. Imagine if you had just planted a nice new flower garden and 2-3 bicyclists ran thru it and tore it up! You would be angry too!
It's sad that some people think it should be perfectly OK for kids to skate unsupervised on someone else's property and if they damage something...oh well! No big deal!
What if those kids fall while doing a trick and break an arm or leg??? Who do you think would be held liable? How would some of you feel if I came over to your house and started swinging a sledgehammer around? maybe I wouldn't hit anything but, then again maybe I would. Would YOU be OK with that?
why punish all skateboarders for what a few have done and what might happen. maybe we should outlaw cars because some people speed or drive drunk. maybe we should outlaw growing flowers because you might grow some marijuana. perhaps we should outlaw people taking walks because someone might cut through your private property and tear up someone's flowers.
bob

Somerset, KY

#53 Apr 11, 2009
Or perhaps we should just ask people to abide by the law?
bob

Danville, KY

#55 Apr 11, 2009
bob wrote:
Or perhaps we should just ask people to abide by the law?
that one flew right over your head
Watcher

Manchester, KY

#56 Apr 11, 2009
bob wrote:
Sorry, you are NOT free to do what you want, where you want and when you want.
That's the truth Unless you are a property owner you have no say in how that owner chooses to to do with it. There is more to all this than you all are looking at. Say someone skates in a parking lot. That skater tries some thing and he/she is hurt. The skater is a minor. Now this skater has to get stitches or whatever. The parents of that skater can sue the owner of that lot for the hospital bill and even try for punitive damages (pain and suffering). Sure you can say I wouldn't let them but as a minor you have no say in the matter. So now the low owner is sued. Now his/her insurance goes up because there has been legal action taken and they are deemed more of a risk.

If a property owner chooses to not take this risk you cannot say I am allowed to do what I want and skate where I want. Being most skaters are younger and probably not ever been property owners the idea might seem s little foreign. But this is how the world works.

I do think the kids need a place to skate. It is a great activity and in some cases is a sport. But skaters, you need to do it the right way. And if you cannot get someone to give you a park you can try to make one yourselves. I'm sure you all have homes. Find a way to raise money and get something built. Don't wait to have something handed to you. By your choice to skate you are not entitled to a place to do it. No one is entitled to anything outside of death. I can grantee all of us will get that in time and it's not expensive.
Square Peg

Brownsville, TN

#57 Apr 11, 2009
I'll tell you one thing. If this shitty little arguement is still going on in a few years, I'm going to open something downtown, like the old fire escape. There is some crazy money to be made in a quality establishment for skaters there.
THIS IS STUPID

Manchester, KY

#58 Apr 11, 2009
I guess since we're all grown up now we've forgot what its like to grow up here. There is nothing for our kids to do in this town. As adults we should come together and put something here for our children to do. I remember as a kid we were taught the 3 R's in school, reading, writing, and Richmond.Maybe if there were more for the kids to do we wouldn't have such a drug problem here. I remember how the older people thought we were crazy by putting baseball cards on our bikes to make them sound like motorcycles.Can you remember when some of us were thought to be crazy for listening to The Who, CCR, and god forbid the Rolling Stones.Maybe we're the old farts now. So why don't we give our kids a break.
bob

Clarkson, KY

#59 Apr 12, 2009
I don't I am coming down hard on any kids. I don't have a problem with them simply riding their skateboards around but, we all know it doesn't stop there. Skateboarders are not interested in simply getting from point A to point B on their boards. They want to do tricks to push the breaking points of their boards and in some cases, their bodies. This can result in them getting hurt or damaging the property they are skating on.

Now, before you all start saying I am an old fuddy duddy, I'll tell you that I rode and raced BMX in my youth and was plenty rough on my equipment and myself. I will also tell you that I was taught NOT to ride on other people's property without asking permission and to definately not be out breaking any ordinances or laws. If I had, that would have gotten by bike taken away from me really quickly!

I would be willing to bet that the parents of the skaters in downtown don't have a clue where their kids are. Or possibly, they do know and simply don't care? What happens when one of them gets hit by a car (I have had to lock up my brakes to keep from hitting some skaters) or heaven forbid, they severely hurt themselves while doing tricks?

We now have a skatepark and hopefully soon we will have an ordinance to prohibit skating downtown. Do I think the skatepark was built in the wrongplace? Yes. But, nevertheless it is there. If the parents of skateboarders want their kids to skate, they should be as proactive as the parents of Little Leaguers and load up the kids and take them to the park.
Observer1

Middlesboro, KY

#60 Apr 12, 2009
There is another skatepark in the process. A man is renting a building across from Bastin's North, and it is being remodeled for an indoor skateboarding and a shop to sell boards and accessories. The teens are helping put it together in hopes that they have a place to go indoors, out of everyone's sight so no one can complain anymore. So this should solve all the drama of the kids on the roads and private property.
Now lets see how long someone in Somerset goes door to door trying to find where this is located and start complaining that skaters are indoors and up to no good. No matter what teenagers do, there is always someone going to complain!!

I do want to thank the business owner for taking the time to start a business in this economic time and giving the teens a place to go so people will get off their backs for being alive!

Now this should be the solution everyone was wanting, some didn't want them in town and some didn't want them at the skatepark, so now end of thread because these kids are going keep skating and not be harrassed.
may know

London, KY

#61 Apr 12, 2009
Dylan Meece wrote:
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Jesus was a bitch.
and yes he totally taught to judge everyone didnt he?
have u ever read that lil storybook that tells you about "your god"?
doesnt it say judge not lest ye be judged.
know what that means? whatever you say about someone else your "father in heaven" will judge u on and call you.
also Sodomites ? really
in your story book Sodom was destroyed therefore Sodomites no longer exist.
if your so sure your going to "heaven" how about you and the rest of you bible thumpers go drink some magic Kool-aid with Jim Jones.
Bet your one the ones that have been doing criminal mischief at the park
Oh please

Somerset, KY

#62 Apr 14, 2009
Ok then its the kids only people have an issue with skating in town. Im 38 so I've pulled out my old Dogtown Natas board and been skating some. I can actually still get up and grind the rails Lets see how many have an issue with that.
Oh please

Somerset, KY

#63 Apr 14, 2009
Those that can...do. Those that cant, pass laws restricting those that can.
Observer1

Middlesboro, KY

#64 Apr 14, 2009
Oh please wrote:
Those that can...do. Those that cant, pass laws restricting those that can.
I think that all the older generation of skaters in Somerset should get together with the kids that skate today and on 'National Skate Day" on June 21st, do a parade thru the middle of town in honor of a great day and skate out to the park for one full day of skating and having a good time.
Maybe some of those that are complaining can stand on the street corners serving lemonade for 50cents to donate to a worthy cause like placing flowers around the city streets and painting a few old buildings instead of constantly making a fuss over kids living in the community.
Dylan Meece

Versailles, KY

#65 Apr 15, 2009
may know wrote:
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Bet your one the ones that have been doing criminal mischief at the park
actually i have no idea what ur talking about. and i dont skateboard. i think its stupid
but its no ones place to tell them they cant
and that was a respone to ihategays
who wants all us sodomites that arent southern bible thumpers to get the hell out of his town so he can enjoy his church picnics
so y dont u blow a cock
Jason Lee

River Grove, IL

#66 May 6, 2009
Skateboarding is NOT a crime!

Ummm, scratch that. Apparently it now is.

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