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Letters to the Editor

Swedish Days security continues to be a concern

To the editor:

I've grown sensitive to crowd protection because of my significant international travels. It seems like on a yearly basis I write the Mayor of Geneva and the Geneva Police Chief about the abysmal traffic blocking techniques on 3rd Street and this year was no different at the Swedish Days Festival.

It shouldn't be this difficult, yet here I type yet again, about the Third Street Central Stage courthouse block for concerts not being adequately blocked by two significant vehicles or concrete Jersey barriers. The plastic Lego building block barriers that were in use this year absolutely do not count as blocking barriers and are no more substantive than some rubber orange corns.

It's not only terrorism (think Nice, France boardwalk) which we should all be be concerned with. What if an intoxicated driver plows into that dancing crowd? We live in different times and it's simply time that Mayor Kevin Burns get his act together with the chief of police and protect our town's citizens from potential vehicular homicide threats, consistently and with vigor at these events. To not do so is akin to a criminal game of festival roulette.

Thomas Burgan

Geneva

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