It's odd that no one has examined the bigger question of how a vendor lays claim to part of the public's property. So, he's got his hot dog stand there...I move my hot dog stand in right next to him on the sidewalk, and he says, "this is MY spot".
What happens then? What was the process by whcih he "got" that spot? Doesn't it belong to all of us? What would happen if someone took the spot right next to him for a vegetarians against hot dogs demonstration booth? (I know, I'm being far-fetched here on purpose to show what can happen when citizens are allowed to use public property as their business location).
Like'm or hate'm, we have food trucks. Personally, I don't believe they should be allowed in the public way either. Have them get permission from a private property owner and they can park and work there. The majority of food truck vendors we'd like to think would be good citizens and not sully the public's property with trash, etc resulting from their operation...but what about when some do? What's our process? What about when Mr. Pruner accidently spills a ketchup bottle, cleans up the glass/plastic, but leaves a stain on "our" cement?
Again, I'm using extreme examples to demonstrate a simple thought...How do I get permission to operate my business on the site of public property currently squatted on by Mr. Pruner or the vendor downtown, etc?
I completely agree with Nancy's comment (and she thinks my comment should end there :)...except that Steve Martin has demonstrated the ability to withstand the slings, arrows, and immediate name-calling that comes with being a minority member of our school board.
Our school board has a history of well-intentioned, bright people (like Natalie Beyer) joining the board, then simply becoming targets of racism (think Steve Schewel, for example).
That said, I may take back my original agreement with Nancy's comment, that Beyer would be an exemplary member of Durham's School Board...as, despite her dedication and qualifications, it would remain to be seen whether she, too, could withstand the onslaught!
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