Letters to the Editor

Let's open locked doors to the public

Well, mayor, you corrected what the previous administration thought was the thing to do by lowering the speed limits on numerous streets when the Save Our Streets bond failed. Thank you.

Now I'm wondering what the taxpayers have done to make the City keep the doors locked on the restrooms at the park in Lakeland. Several times in the last few months, while walking through the park, and occasionally desiring to use this facility, I have found both doors locked, even when there has been family activity in the baseball, picnic and skateboard area.

For some reason, the City chose to set up a port-a-potty near the picnic area. These things are stinky, unsanitary and far less desirable then the usual restrooms.

Yes, I know, the regular restrooms are not the most comfortable and luxurious places, but it beats having to urinate in a plastic closet. And imagine the thoughts women have to go thru, in that filthy plastic pooper.

On a recent Thursday, there must have been 100-plus people there, playing peanut league baseball, and the women's room door was wide open, while the men's door was locked, again.

The previous mayor referred to Auburn as a blighted community, and many taxpayers have voiced their disgust with that opinion. How can we be described as such, while the City continues with the downtown growth and spending?

Leaving the restroom doors locked and requiring us to use a plastic pooper gives the impression that we are, in fact, blighted. If there's a problem with this facility, fix it, and leave the doors opens. Get rid of that blighted, poor railroad town thinking.

– Vic Stevens

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