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Rich Spillane: Skateboarders are also homeowners

Rich Spillane

Regarding the article “Skateboarding mostly not a crime in Breck” (9/11/08):

Mr. Renick’s assertions that skateboarders “don’t own property” or “pay taxes” were not only incorrect, but completely absurd. My wife and I own our single-family home in Dillon and we’re both skateboarders. I’ve been skating since I was 10 yeas old. I just turned 41 last month. I carry a skateboard in my car, and I use it almost every day. Just today, I used my long-board to run several errands around Frisco while I was having new tires put on my car. My next-door neighbor is five years older than me. He also owns his home and skateboards frequently. I never knew, until I read a recent news article, that skating on city streets was illegal and that I’ve been breaking the law all these years!

Furthermore, I’ve never damaged anyone’s car while skating. When accidents do occur between skaters and automobiles, the car usually fares better than the boarder.

Skateboards are a part of our culture: They’re practical, economical and enjoyable. Responsible skateboarding should not be restricted. I applaud the mayor and the Breckenridge Town Council for their decision.

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