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Opening Arguments

Foul ball

Only in Indiana. People play basketball in the street. Neighbors complain. Police issue warnings. There is mass outrage, and police back off:

Now Town Council President Bill Guarnery admits the town might have overreacted and will curtail strict enforcement of ordinances.

"We will go back to enforcing ordinances when there is a complaint," Guarnery said.

Yeah, can't have any of that pesky "strict enforcement" of ordinances, especially when it interferes with the state religion. That might give people respect for the law or something.


Harl Delos
Tue, 07/01/2008 - 9:30am

As you hint, Leo, any law prohibiting the free exercise of religion is a violation of the first amendment. And when it comes to free exercise, street basketball is about as free as exercise gets.

Yeah, the sneaks are pricey, but it's not like one of those clubs where you have to sign a contract to pay $32.99 a month in order to not go, and then the first time you do show up, it turns out that they closed their door six months ago.

I had to replace a windshield a couple of years ago. Nobody was providing any explanations, but the circle of fractured glass was, exactly the right size for a basketball, and I was parked along the curb, near a driveway with a hoop on the garage.

I'm not even verry mad about it, either. Most people have first-dollar glass coverage, even on old cars, although I paid that one out of my pocket because I don't want the insurance company getting any idea that my neighborhood is high risk for cars.

And a basketball smashing the windshield? Either there was something wrong with that windshield, or else there must be someone far more muscular than Shaq in the neighborhood.

Bob G.
Tue, 07/01/2008 - 9:37am

Hey, I"m not really AGAINST playing ANYTHING in the street.
Hell, people in my neighborhood all WALK there anyway (the sidewalks are reserved for those of an anachronistic view of the world as well as any and all BICYCLES).
Besides, it gives me SOMETING TO AIM AT when driving...LOL!
(that's no hood ornament...it's my HUD)

Streets are for VEHICLES.
After all, they wouldn't like it if I did LAPS and BURNOUTS on the B'Ball courts...would they?



Harl Delos
Tue, 07/01/2008 - 6:22pm

After all, they wouldn

Bob G.
Tue, 07/01/2008 - 7:31pm

Not in MY part of the south side of fort Wayne...

(corn fields? What corn fields...all I see is streets and people in the middle of those streets)