In the weekly feature called "e-views," we invite readers to answer a question via email.
Last week's question:
An Oakley woman was fatally shot and two others injured following an altercation at a local skating rink that was open until 3 a.m. for a regular late-night adult skate night at the fairgrounds. Some have questioned if the roller rink should be allowed to stay open that late. What do you think?
THE SKATING rink isn't at fault for doing something fun for adults. It's the people. It's an activity to do besides drinking at a bar so late. I think they should continue, and hire security for those events. This can happen anywhere nowadays, unfortunately.
WHY NOT if it's for adults, but the people there should act like adults -- besides bars are open until 2 a.m.
KEEP skating rinks for kids.
IT'S A SHAME to consider this when the altercation happened between people who don't even live in Antioch or Contra Costa County.
I HAVE NO problem with the skating rink holding adult skate nights that run into the early morning. However, I think they need to provide adequate licensed security for the event, and perhaps the Antioch police should maintain a presence at the event as well. Amy Eudy
IT ISN'T THE skating rink's fault. There's nothing about a skating rink that would inherently attract a violent crowd. Is alcohol being served at these events? If so, that may be a factor. Even so, it comes down to adults to be responsible and reasonable and not settle differences in a violent fashion.
WHY NOT? There's nothing else open for people to go have fun at; it's just the idiots like them that ruined it for everyone else.
THERE'S an idiot ruining it for everyone else!
NOTHING good happens after 10 p.m. End of story!
IF SOMEONE HAS the mentality to pull out a gun and shoot someone else over an argument, it really doesn't mater if it is 1 a.m. or 1 p.m. It's the person -- not the time of day.
IT IS privately owned, and it was a private event, so of course the owner should be allowed to do what he wishes as long as it doesn't affect neighbors.
However, I think that the owner used very poor judgment on the decision to have this party so late. There was obviously a thug element to the cliental -- based on the obvious criminal element that it drew.
MY GREAT GRANDMA "Dutch" Maxson used to say "nothing good happens after midnight. What do you expect will happen when you have a late-night, after-hours event?
People are drinking in the parking lot or have brought along their own flasks and tempers flare. These "skaters" are a bad bunch. My uncle "Tipsy" used to skate in the all male review on Broadway in San Francisco back in the 1970s. He hung with a rough crowd back then and told me to stay away from the sport. Probably someone made a remark about how someone was doing the "hustle" and shots rang out. If we can get Krispy Cream to open a franchise nearby things will probably settle down. Otherwise we should ban all skating rinks in the Antioch city limits and enforce an 8 p.m. curfew.
IT SHOULD CONTINUE to stay open. One unanticipated event does not justify condemning the late-night operation of an otherwise healthy business, which by the way, occurred near it but not inside.
If that were the case, then the 7-Eleven, 24/7 restaurants, gas stations, etc., should also be considered for late night/early a.m. operation closures if something negative happens near their businesses. Taking certain adverse events and trying to justify questionable actions against otherwise safe community recreation is troublesome.
"Big Brother" thinking and alarmist positions are now getting way too overtaking and pushed for certain questionable agendas. Instead situations should be properly thought out, evaluated, and given the benefit of mature and unreactive responses. Are bomb shelters next to (again) be considered and recommended? Come on, let's get real about these things and do the right things where it matters most.
Ralph A. Hernandez
THINGS HAPPEN AT night when it's dark, and a 3 a.m. adult skating program doesn't help fight crime. Of course, especially in this day and age, crime has no time limitations, but daytime skating makes more sense to me.
I DIDN'T know they stayed up that late, but I like that they do. It's a place for adults to got out to that isn't a bar. Perhaps they need more/better security but if someone wants to shoot, they'll shoot.
A J Carlson
I WOULD not attend any event in Antioch at any hour. The area is simply far too dangerous.
I was born in Antioch in 1965 and the city was a dream to live in. That has changed dramatically. Through the decades, it has attracted the criminal element. I moved last year. It's so bad now that Antioch leaders should request help from the federal government to clean it up -- starting with the demolition of all the apartment houses on Sycamore and Mahogany.
Having read several responses from the previous week's question which was, "What can the community do to stem the tide of crime in East County," and contemplating this week's question, "Some have questioned if the roller rink (Paradise Skate in Antioch) should be allowed to stay open that late. The what do you think part made me want to express my opinion for the first time in this forum. First, let me ask the readers of this column a question and their response will likely be the same as mine. Is there anything good that happens on any evening after midnigh; especially after 3 a.m.? You can look at any police blotter anywhere in the country and the results are very telling.
Most crimes against people occur between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Is this a phenomenon? I would say yes simply because that's when most people are likely to be most intoxicated or drugged. Why is this so hard to grasp, and why do most establishments insist on staying open very late so that they can entertain this sort of behavior?
I was an adolescent/young adult once and did my best to have a good time without getting into any sort of trouble. Why is it so hard nowadays to stay clear of trouble? Are we headed toward another "Dark Age" where anarchy is the rule of the day? Will each community be driven to enforce martial law to control the citizens from harming themselves? I'm saddened for the young people that have no clue how to have a good time. I invite all rebuttals to my comments.
This week's question:
Last week another teenager lost his life in a car accident on Hillcrest Avenue, a major thoroughfare in Antioch. Have you found this road to be populated with speeding drivers? Is there anything the city can or should do to make this road more safe?
Email your response to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please limit responses to a few sentences, and be sure to include your full name and city of residence. Note: Please respond before Monday.