I could care less about the Rose Parade, and this year even more so with the blatant militarization of the parade, which will include 16 military units and a tank, for chrissake. So the issue of “reserving” a spot with duct tape might seem to be trivial. But I have always had a little voice that says, “this isn’t right” when I witness a basic social unfairness. It probably has to do with being bullied as a child.
No one has the right to reserve public sidewalks a week ahead of an event. I don’t care if you are a single mom with nine kids who would be “heartbroken” if they couldn’t see the parade. I have to ask, what about the kids who can’t see the parade because their parents were working too hard to go out and tape off a spot ahead of time, and now every inch of the sidewalk is “reserved”? Is that fair?
Kudos to Randy Leonard, and the young people who have decided to “clean up” the ugly tape on our public sidewalks.