Why Won’t LCG Turn Foster Park Over To Youngsville – Wingin’ It Wednesday
This week on "Wingin' It Wednesday", panelist Mike Stagg, Warren Caudle, and Carol Ross joined "Mornings with Ken and Bernie" to discuss LCGs hesitancy to turn Foster Park over to the city of Youngsville as well as the possibility of arming TSA agents.
Here's what the panel had to say:
1. LCG’s council recently voted against turning over the lease of Foster Park in Youngsville to the City of Youngsville. The property is owned by Young Industries which wants to donate the property to Youngsville with two stipulations. What do you think motivated the council's vote?
Mike Stagg started us off:
I don’t really “get it”. This is not city-parish property; they have control of it under a lease, but they’re going to lose the lease in a few years. The owners of the property want the same thing that the city of Youngsville wants. They want the property to be transferred with the stipulations about the park and the school, but the City Council doesn’t want it to happen. I don’t get it. It seems kind of petty. There are already complaints about the parks and rec budget. They can’t maintain the services they have right now. Seems like giving up Foster Park would be a win for LCG.
Warren Caudle added:
I don’t know. There’s some things in here that sort of seem like they’re in a cloud somewhere. The first thing you’ve gotta ask is, who is motivated by what reason? LCG would give up some of the costs of having to keep the thing up. The city of Youngsville, what exactly are they going to get out of it? Somebody in there said something about “caring for the children”, well I’ve heard just about all of that that I can hear. Are you telling me that certain kids wouldn’t be able to play there?
Carol Ross Concluded:
The first time it came up there was the issue of whether kids in the unincorporated areas could still use the park and they got all that ironed out. The city attorney in Youngsville said he’s never seen such vehemence on a issue seemingly so innocuous. All they’re asking is the cut the lease short by a few years. They don’t own the property. So what?
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2. With the recent shooting at Los Angeles airport some are suggesting that TSA agents be armed to protect themselves and passengers. Do you think arming TSA is a good idea?
There are some agents that are armed, but arm the TSA agents? No. I want them focused on confiscating guns and knives and bombs and things like that. I don’t want them to worry about carrying arms. They’ll learn a lot from that LAX incident and they’ll beef up security, but arming TSA agents? No.
Should they be armed? I’d say if they visibly have weapons on them it might diminish the people who might want to walk in and shoot up the place. On the other hand, seeing some of these TSA agents, if they are going to be armed, I’d prefer it the Andy Griffin way with the bullet in their pockets and the pockets buttoned. I’d just as soon not draw that line. I think there are a lot better ways to do this than arming everybody.
I think arming TSA agents would be a terrible idea. First of all, they aren’t trained to handle weapons. Who knows if they are psychologically fit to carry arms. Adding guns would not improve the safety solution. If gun fire breaks out in a setting like that and it becomes a gun fight, who knows how many people will get shot.
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