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Letter to the Editor: BMX IS AN EXTREME SPORT THAT KILLS AND INJURES YOUNG CHILDREN

Editor, Times-Advocate:

The state of California has not executed a death row prisoner in over 10 years.  These prisoners tortured their victims, killed police officers, and even murdered children.  Although these murders have been sentenced to death for their heinous crimes, the government spends millions to take care of their every need, providing them medical care and even educational opportunities.

By contrast, the extreme sport of BMX indiscriminately kills and/or severely injures young innocent children every year, ages 4 to 18.  Rather than help to protect these children from BMX, a sport with as violent a history as any death row inmate, the city of Escondido would like to spend our tax dollars to fund a BMX track and promote the extreme sport of BMX to more and more children.  While we don’t have the stomach to put murderers to death, our city is willing to let BMX maim or kill young children without consequence.

While we understand the city does not have the strength in leadership to ban BMX, and parents currently have the right to expose their children to such risky activities, the city should not spend our tax money to help put our children at risk of broken bones, concussions, paralysis, and death.  Our city should focus its resources on protecting our children and providing them with positive, safe opportunities to learn and grow … we do no less for the prisoners on death row.

JIMMY BEAN, Escondido

*Note: Opinions expressed by columnists and letter writers are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the newspaper.

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