Walk through Mid­town dan­ger­ous for teen girl

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OPINION -

Dear Ed­i­tor: Re “LET­TER: Kingston schools should em­pha­size stu­dent safety over ad­min­is­tra­tive com­fort,” by Herb Lamb, Sept. 19, 2016: The writer re­counts how his daugh­ter is not al­lowed to ride the school bus from Lin­der­man Av­enue in Kingston be­cause she is one-tenth of a mile too close to Kingston High School. To get to school, she has to walk through Mid­town.

I re­call a let­ter from a woman who had driven with her car win­dows up, doors locked, parked in the park­ing lot of Kingston Li­brary, sur­rounded by a 12-footh­igh chain-link fence, walked 20 feet into the build­ing and sug­gested the li­brary should be moved to a safer neigh­bor­hood.

In Syra­cuse, where I grew up, a sim­i­lar, big­ger neigh­bor­hood was re­ferred to as “The Ten­der­loin.” My hus­band’s fa­ther and un­cle had to go into that neigh­bor­hood for their work. Af­ter my un­cle was at­tacked and nearly died, they had per­mits to carry guns. Thirty years ago, peo­ple did not carry guns.

I sug­gest several women, in­clud­ing the one who told Lamb her chil­dren had walked to school, park their cars on Wash­ing­ton Av­enue at 7 o’clock on a cloudy day. They would each walk along on Henry, Cedar, Franklin and Van Buren streets to Broad­way and back on a dif­fer­ent street. This is the route used to de­ter­mine the dis­tance for the bus. Then pic­ture a vul­ner­a­ble 14-year-old girl walk­ing there.

Why would we put our chil­dren at risk over be­ing 500 feet too close to the school?

Martha Pear­son, Kingston

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