Basketball hoop ban: What's the point?
I could hardly believe my eyes as I read about the ban on portable basketball hoops in Sykesville ("As portable hoops flourish, suburban towns cry foul," Aug. 4). I felt certainly the police chief and a town councilwoman had better things to do with their time, than take toys away from our children.
During my ten years in Sykesville, I have not heard of a single incident involving a motorist and children playing at a neighborhood basketball net. I would hope that while driving through residential areas, regardless of where one is, that they would be aware of children at play. What's next bicycles, scooters, skateboards? Lots of children ride those in the streets in my community. Are they less susceptible to a traffic accident involving a careless driver? Perhaps we should let Chief Williams and Councilwoman Jeannie Nichols know that our children also play street hockey, roller blade, toss the occasional football.
The issue here now becomes how much control do we allow the community leaders to take before we as citizens of Sykesville cry foul. It seems as if the ban is a foregone conclusion without the input of the community. "The ordinance is going to happen, and it's going to help," said Councilwoman Nichols. It sounds as if she's speaking to her children rather than to a community for which she should be representing.
We are a community that has serious issues with an antiquated water treatment facility, housing and population overgrowth without the infrastructure to support it, and overcrowding in our schools. Monies need to be directed in these areas rather than constructing basketball courts at local parks. And lastly, time needs to be spent monitoring speeding motorists not our children. We as parents in this community can take care of that.