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Unnecessary inconvenience

June 9, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

To the editor:

I wonder what George Gipp and the founding father of the Gipp recreation area would think of the policy of keeping us from watching the kids play ball from the comfort and convenience of our vehicles as we have for the past 20 years, all because of a perceived chance of an accident. There never has been one and hopefully, there never will.

This inconvenience to seniors, handicapped and young mothers we find a little unnecessary.

I write this letter with the endorsement of the family of a retired Detroit police officer who is now wheelchair-bound along with his wife. Their caring children bring them to collegiate and high school athletic events which is no longer an option in Laurium. Also, a retired school teacher who knows the inconvenience of pushing her husband through the stamp sand and gravel at the ball fields as well as a 83 year-old with polio that would drive from Lac La Belle to Laurium only to have to lean on the outfield fence or sit in uncomfortable bleachers and feed flies instead of sitting in his vehicle. Let's not forget young mothers who could have their infants and youngsters in the comfort of their vehicles instead of the bleachers at the mercy of the local bug population.

There must be a better solution than this lockout. We believe our group deserves a little more consideration than we are receiving on this issue.

It appears to be a lot easier to just lock us out and hope we will just die off. The degree of kid activity and traffic is no different at Wolverine, Ahmeek or Lake Linden. My question is what makes the Laurium Fields so different? This has been going on for three years. Let's bring this matter to a sensible conclusion.

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Carl Bjorn




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