Relations between the police and the citizens of Durham could be improved if the police would simply obey the same laws that they are charged with enforcing.
One frequent example I see is illustrated here.
This day it was only one motorcycle. But there are frequently as many as four or five motorcycles parked on the sidewalk in front of the District 5 substation. When there are that many, it obstructs the sidewalk even more than the one shown in this picture.
Here is the applicable ordinance: Article IV, Division I, Section 20-104. This section prohibits parking on sidewalks: “It shall be unlawful for any person to stop, stand, or park any vehicle upon any sidewalk of the city.”
I have no doubt that if it were a citizen’s motorcycle parked on the sidewalk, that citizen would receive a ticket. It is unseemly for the police to routinely break the law in this fashion, particularly when there is clearly ample parking on the street directly adjacent to the sidewalk.
What ever happened to the good old days when the worst things we had to fear on Memorial Day were traffic jams and indigestion?
This year, it's all about food poisoning by the nasty E. coli, Salmonella, and Listeria bugs lurking in hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken nuggets at millions of backyard barbecues. The U.S. Meat and Poultry Hotline’s advice is to grill meat and chicken products longer and hotter. They fail to caution that high-temperature grilling forms lots of cancer-causing compounds. Do we really need to choose between food poisoning and cancer?
Luckily, enterprising food manufacturers and processors have met this challenge head-on by developing a great variety of healthful, delicious, convenient plant-based veggie burgers, veggie dogs, and soy nuggets. These wholesome foods don’t harbor nasty bugs or cancer-causing compounds. They don’t even carry cholesterol, saturated fats, drugs, or pesticides. And, they are right there, in the frozen food section of our supermarket.
This Memorial Day, let's stay safe on the roads and safe at the family barbecue.