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Mailbag: Should skateboarders be licensed?

March 17, 2011

Speedboarding is dangerous for the boarders, but that is their problem — let kids of all ages have fun.

It is also unfair to motorists and cyclists who pay to use the streets and must obtain licenses and insurance for the privilege. If the community believes that somehow speedboarding is an individual's right, then establish a system that requires the boarders to buy licenses and obtain insurance policies that would absolve persons involved in their crashes of any financial or legal obligations and pay for the damages caused by the boarders.

It is hard to believe that Park Avenue is not included in the ban being discussed.

Carlos McAfee

Laguna Beach

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Keep the skateboarders safe

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I am writing this letter in support of the ban on skateboarding down our city's steepest streets. I am not a "skateboard Nazi" as one man labeled those of us who are in support of the ban, and I am not ready to move to Laguna Woods either. On the contrary ... my 6-year-old is developing a love to skateboard, and my nephew comes from up north to visit us and brings his skateboard to hit the various skateboard parks in the area. I would absolutely love it if a skate park could be built in Laguna. I think it would be great if we could shut down a hill once in a while for downhill skateboard contests. What I don't want is for a kid who feels invincible to have his life ended or drastically altered due to a skateboard accident, nor do I want a driver to live with the incredible guilt of having hit a skateboarder. I have been surprised by skateboarders speeding down Bluebird Canyon Drive and Nyes Place, as have my neighbors and friends. Yes, there have been near misses.

Hopefully this can all be worked out without name calling. We all want the best for our kids.

Mauri Olsen

Laguna Beach

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Skateboard ban proponents 'beyond annoying'

It was beyond annoying to come home and find a piece of skewed propaganda taped to my mailbox this past week from Speedboarders Neighborhood Action Group (SNAG). This is the second time that they have done this. I called the postal inspector and had an in-depth phone call after I found the printed rubbish. He said that what SNAG has done is illegal. He told me he would contact the local United States Postal Service office here in our town and the Police Department and assured me they would be told to stop. That was Thursday. On Friday SNAG blanketed Summit and Arch Beach Heights, and on Saturday they vandalized Skyline Drive with their drivel.

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