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July 12, 2011

Are we above the law?

This is in reference the the comments about the "No Parking" at the Scottish Highland Games. Are we above the law? That is the feeling I got when I read the comments complaining about getting parking tickets in a "No Parking" zone. There is a reason for this. It is a major route to US 30 for the ambulances from the hospital just up the road. How will traffic get over if the side of the road is blocked off? People need to wake up and realize the town didn't just put those signs up to make people leave, but for the safety of the community.

Tammy Wolfe

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If the law applies to one, it better apply to all

I personally see no issue with the local police issuing tickets to people who parked in a posted no parking zone, but it has to be enforced across the board. If I drive past there during the upcoming fair or some other big event in the near future, city police better be ticketing people who park in the no parking zones then too. If a law applies to one, it should apply to all. Period.

L. Capeta

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We should 'do what we're told' and obey the signs

In response to parking and tickets at the Highland Games.  As a vendor with the farmers market, there were plenty of empty spaces in the parking lot the entire day. 
Let's take a look at this "doing what I was told" from another set of eyes.  What if two other drivers, coming from opposite directions decided to travel faster than the posted speed limit and arrived at the same location where a car was parked along the street.  The car traveling in the same direction as the parked car moves slightly to the left to avoid locking rear view mirrors, and thinking they are going fast enough to get around the parked car before the on coming car has time to pass the parked car's location.  As the second car realizes all three cars are at the same location at the same time, this second driver must move slightly to the right to avoid possible paint transfer only to realize that at the rate of speed, the slight move and forward motion is now changed to rolling down the incline to meet up with the farmers market vendors set up at the bottom of the drop.  As city residents and visitors we should do more "doing as I was told" by following the posted signs.  In my opinion it is not the issue of money.  The issue is getting caught.
How many people saw the cars parked there and did not ask the organizers to make an announcement? 
How many "why didn't they do their job" would be written and talked about, after a driver that parked in the grass, along the side of street was struck by another car, while crossing the street.  If this person recovers from the (hypothetical) accident, my hope is that this person will remember how enjoyable the Highland Games and farmers market was before that last trip crossing the street to the parked car in the grass along the street with the posted sign for no parking at any time.  Although next year the issue might not involve Park Street at all but a street that has an open area like the 4-H fair grounds that will allow outside food vendors and the usual Highland Games beer tent.
Kathy Klenke
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July 07, 2011

Can't the folks in power make Columbia City a place to run to...not run from?

My husband and I attended the recent Scottish Highland Games at the Whitley County 4-H Park. We arrived and parked along the roadway, and were immediately warned by another visitor that the Columbia City Police were giving tickets for illegally parking off the roadway. My husband drove on and found another place to park. 
However, my question is this, how many out-of-town folks, as well as locals, went away with a bad taste in their mouths because they got a traffic ticket.  Yes, there signs that say "no parking", but these vehicles were not impeding traffic in any way; all were parked completely off the road, in tall grass. This is the first year the Scottish Games were in Columbia City and I certainly hope it won't be the last, because of the parking tickets. (By the way, there were NO homes along this stretch of road)
My husband asked the officer why he was doing the ticketing; his reply, "I'm just doing what I was told to do".  People from Valparaiso, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, as well as Columbia City, saw and heard this statement by the officer. Makes me wonder if Columbia City really does want to grow and prosper, or merely make people, and their pocketbooks feel bad because the games were not held in a city park.  My answer I shall not say, but I do believe that 4-H Park is the perfect spot for the games.  It is a natural amphitheater, large flat area for the games, gentle hillside for the vendors and visitors. Jennifer Romano and Mike Huth worked very hard in organizing these games, and they were enjoyed by hundreds of people.  Can't the folks who hold power in Columbia City make it a place to run to...not run from?

Pat & Bill Heinbaugh

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Seriously...are we that short on funds?

Seriously, is Columbia City so short on funds that we have to give out parking tickets to the spectators of the Highland Games? 
For weeks now we’ve all seen the “Don’t Leave Town” shirts, signs and articles everywhere.  We’ve been promoting our city to attract out of town guests and to keep the locals here in town celebrating all the activities that were planned for June 25th.    How does this action help that publicity?  I realize the cars were parked along Park Street, where there are “No Parking Anytime” signs.  Wouldn’t the better approach have been to make an announcement and then give the people some time to move their vehicles?  They were parked off on the grassy shoulder of the road, not obstructing traffic anywhere that I saw at all.  The Highland games were very entertaining to watch.  They even had an area where the children could mimic the real games and show their skills, which my grandchildren loved by the way.  The Farmers Market also stayed all day.  This was great because lots of people got a glimpse of what Saturday mornings on the square is all about all spring, summer and fall.  Why give tickets and sour visitors from wanting to come back to our town?  There most definitely could have been a better way to handle this situation.

Julie Copeland

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