March 31, 2011

Dopey WNJ Letter of the Week

And it's by Iris Gonzalez of Newark regarding the continuing basketball hoop imbroglio:

Here we are fighting obesity, trying to get kids active and away from the TV and electronic games, and there is a law restricting the positioning and use of hoops?Moreover, having kids play at home is a lot less expensive to the state than setting up community centers and playgrounds!

She also wonders what "grinch" passed that Free Space law, the law that was violated in this case.

Earth to Ms. Gonzalez: The law in question does not specifically target basketball hoops. It pertains to anything within a certain distance of a "common" area like a street. And while yes, having kids play at home is a lot less expensive than the state building another park, the obvious solution is to either set up portable hoops which can be moved at will, or put in a basketball hoop adjacent to your driveway so that it doesn't violate the law.

Posted by Hube at March 31, 2011 02:41 PM | TrackBack

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"or put in a basketball hoop adjacent to your driveway so that it doesn't violate the law"

This. Lots of friends had hoops when I was a kid, but they were all in driveways. None of the parents thought that teaching kids to play in the street was a good idea.

Posted by: Jeff the Baptist at March 31, 2011 03:05 PM

Precisely. Same with me and my friend, Jeff!

Posted by: Hube at March 31, 2011 03:16 PM

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