In the weekly feature called "e-views," we invite readers to answer a question via email.
Last week's question:
The city of Antioch is looking at the possibility of closing a trail behind Cantanzaro Way in southeast Antioch due to increased burglaries in the area. Are you worried about trails in your neighborhood?
CROOKS HAVE FIGURED out the trails can be used as a quick entry and getaway for burglaries. I think we could put cameras high up, scanning the trails, to catch possible suspects getting away with the goods. The greenbelt near Deer Valley High School has been a common getaway for thugs stealing kid's iPods and cellphones.
TRAILS HAVE A purpose, much like sidewalks and streets in and about neighborhoods.
How many burglars have admitted to burglarizing that area more easily or because of the trail there? Sure, some burglars surely took advantage of the trail and its better cover for their activities. But, does closing the trails, sidewalks, streets, highways and freeways, etc., solve the suspected problem?
Other questions come to mind as to the somewhat vague supposition as to the trail making it easier for criminal. As a former career police officer, I believe that too much fear is being unjustly spread recently by some -- and by the press -- possibly to slowly set up the public for upcoming tax proposals to make the city safer via the public forking over more of their money for the same things. Access via trails, sidewalks, streets, and the use of transportation cannot be curtailed with the unproven prevention thoughts propagated. Think before the public is further panicked in this unfair way.
Ralph A. Hernandez
ONE OF THE things we loved about Antioch when we were contemplating moving here, was the fact that they had all of the little neighborhood parks and all of the trails that snaked all over town.
We have used those trails regularly for bike riding, walking our dog, or as short cuts to get to some of the parks quickly. For years, we would enjoy walking our dog down the trail that runs behind Knoll Park because it was easy to get into the park from the trail. Because of all the crime that was happening in that park, the city has closed off the access so that you can no longer get into the park from the trail. So now we don't use that trail, or go to that park anymore.
Did it help to alleviate the crime there? Possibly. But it also took away one of the things that we, as law-abiding citizens, enjoyed about Antioch. Now they want to close the trail behind Cantanzaro Way for the same reason. Once again, the law-abiding citizens of this town lose something they enjoy.
There is no doubt that the trails are a problem. They are always littered with broken glass and illegal dumping. And yes, kids and adults do things they shouldn't be doing on the trails. But they do that everywhere else as well -- in our neighborhoods, our schools, our shopping centers, etc. We can't keep taking away the things that our good citizens enjoy in an attempt to control our bad citizens. Here's hoping there are better days ahead for Antioch.
I WOULD VERY much love to have the walking path behind my home closed between Asilomar and Buckeye Way. All it does is invite trouble.
The paths are full of broken glass, broken sprinklers, dog crap, and it is an easy way for thugs to break into homes. Three out of five houses in the court have been broken into. We have had them jump the fence into our backyard. It's to the point that I wish I could put barbed wire on the top of my fence.
In a perfect world the walking paths would be a good thing, but in today's world all it does is invite trouble.
I say close them!
This week's question:
What do you think about the U.S. Postal Service's plan to discontinue Saturday mail delivery?
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