Letter to the Editor

Build bathrooms

Monday, August 23, 2010

Dear Editor,

Dennis Chancellor wrote the Open Forum letter (Aug. 16) that I've been meaning to ... concerning ideas on the best use for the Romanoff site.

Lack of public restrooms has always been a detriment to McCook's downtown shopping district.

When one is in a business place and there's not a visible public restroom sign, one assumes there's a reason for that ... they don't want you using their private one ... and with so many imbeciles determined to smear graffiti (and other nasty stuff) on the walls ... that's understandable ... however, understanding doesn't control one's natural bodily functions .. and relieving oneself behind a building is not fine ... but fine-able.

Is there a way to deter any would-be 'graffiti-er' like, as soon as they put their writing tool on the wall/door, etc. ... they either get shocked ... or their picture taken?

The doors would probably have to be locked at dark:thirty to deter any would-be vandalizer-er ... but! If one is caught vandalizing any hour of the day, their punishment could be cleaning the restrooms for X number of months ... depending on the damage incurred ... and if they don't follow-through, jail (without a restroom!)

I've heard people comment that they really don't like traveling Interstate, but they do because of restroom accessibility ... there are so few public restrooms along the highways ... and if one is found, it's locked (refer to paragraph two.)

I think a public restroom in McCook ... along 6-34 with two or three parking places (for restroom users only) would be a big asset ... (maybe that isn't the proper word concerning the subject matter?)

I like Dennis' suggestion of shaded table areas where people could relax (after the fact) ... perhaps a flower garden ... but, I don't agree with the pond ... it would require a lot of upkeep ... and kids are attracted to water.

As for a name, how about McCook Memorial Park ... and perhaps a sidewalk of brick ... with each one being inscribed with "In Memory of ..." date of birth and death ... for a fee to help with upkeep of said park.

Yes, a public restroom in downtown McCook is 'enemant' (that's for Dennis) ... imminent.

Bev Guthrie,


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  • Great idea! Why not reuse some of the bricks from the West Ward building being torn down this month. I also don't agree with the pond idea...just too much upkeep and not necessary. Public facility with a few parking spaces. May help stop people "just passing thru" to take a well needed potty stop and shop downtown while stretching their legs????

    -- Posted by Rural Citizen on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 1:35 PM
  • I love the idea of the public restrooms, but putting cameras in them. Not so much. I could see some things going wrong in a hurry there.

    -- Posted by Meshedup on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 9:57 PM
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