MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

August 28, 2013

THE PEOPLE SPEAK — Neighbors keep kids from walking to school


— I recently read that Muskogee wants to waste money on a survey on why kids don’t walk to school. I live two blocks from Irving and I won’t let my kids walk to school. A lot of parents don’t let their kids cross Lawrence because of no crosswalk and inconsiderate drivers doing 40 mph in a 35 mph zone that should be 25 mph. But the main reason is in the two-block area to school we have crackheads, drunks, dogs that people don’t know how to keep in their yard, a registered sex offender, and someone that got arrested for robbing and beating an old man.

Then you hear on the news about all the people arrested in OKC for child porn. All that being said it’s society keeping kids from walking to school, not broken sidewalks. A lot of parents work for a living and all they have time for is to drop their kid off at school and head to work. You can fix all the sidewalks and roads you want and I still wouldn’t let my kids walk for the simple fact that you can’t trust your neighbor anymore and it’s not just where I live it’s all over in good or bad neighborhoods people just don’t respect each other any more.

CHARLES PORTER

Muskogee