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11/24/2012 7:30:00 AM
Why are there no street lights on Barnes Street?

To the editor:

The other night I took my dogs for a walk and decided to go down Barnes Street. I was near the Holiday gas station when I realized how dark Barnes Street is.

I walked it from Oneida Avenue to Shepard Street and it was darker than an ace of spades. There aren't even street lights at the intersections.

I remember when I was a kid and played in Pioneer Park at night. Whenever we got spooked by an odd noise, we would head out to the street so we would be in the light and could see around us. I would think that for crime prevention and pedestrian safety it would be a must. If someone screamed for help from the sidewalk, you would have to have a flashlight to assess what was going on and you definitely would not be able to record evidentiary descriptives. You wouldn't want to approach anything in the blind.

What about people riding the designated bicycle lanes at night? What about people attending the fair at night?

All that time to tear up the street and it's incomplete. Why? Is it by choice or error?

Craig Strid, Rhinelander

Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012
Article comment by: James Croner

Buy a flashlight?

Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2012
Article comment by: Craig Strid

Pat, what did you just solve? You critique me based on your emotional personal state of well being. I am a "We" person who has spent 30 years in protect and serve. I base this opinion not on my safety but the community that frequents the area whether pedestrian or vehicular or elderly and youth. I believe in crime and accident prevention, not crime investigation. It's not about you and it's not about me. It's about them and reinforcing safety in this town.

Posted: Monday, November 26, 2012
Article comment by: Pat Maass

The other night I was walking my yellow lab, Tanner, on Barnes Street. I live on Coon Street and frequently walk the Pioneer Park area as well as the entire east side. There was ice on the sidewalk and I wondered, why is there ice on the sidewalk? Maybe it's because no one lives on the park side of the street. Maybe it's because it gets little sunlight. Maybe it's because it's winter and "things" happen.
Good lord Mr. Strid, is Big Brother supposed to watch over us 24/7?
I remember when street lights were only on corners. If you honestly believe it's not safe to walk around Rhinelander, maybe you should still be on the job before you get too worked up. You know me and I know you. I, as many do, appreciate your service to our community. But, honestly Mr. Strid?

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