Letters to the Editor

Thinks skateboarding shouldn't be a crime

I enjoy college. It’s a good feeling working to support yourself while attending classes on a daily basis.At times I realize that this will be looked upon as the most stressful point in my life. However, there are ways to make sure that during a stressful point in my life that I’ll succeed.

Longboarding is my escape. Longboarding is riding down pavement on an abnormally large skateboard. I use this tool not only as an escape from all the pressures of work and school; but also as a mode of transportation. Not only is the board fast, but also it can conveniently be carried where bikes can’t.

Unfortunately during spring break, a Western Washington University police officer sought no better job but to issue a student a ticket. This student was myself and it was for skating in the street at 1 a.m.

There was no traffic, a quiet night, trying to enjoy the stillness; a $60 ticket was issued and only one question arises. Why can a ticket be issued for not harming or affecting anyone but only longboarding? Unless a reasonable answer is given; the only conclusion can be that WWU police have no better jobs to fulfill than having a power trip.

Elliot Newman

Bellingham

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