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Night hiking should be discouraged 

I read “Nighttime no-no” by Jan Marx in last week’s newspaper and am highly surprised that something like night hiking would even be considered in San Luis Obispo.

There are numerous activities for exercise that can be done throughout the day, early morning, or inside at a club rather than hiking after sunset. The idea of encouraging nighttime hiking seems dangerous and more than likely would attract many high school and college students to nighttime hiking and partying.

Something I’m sure we’ve all done in our younger days but the cost and risk involved with having police during the nighttime have to respond to these events regularly rather than on a rare basis would be both costly and foolish to the city.

In addition, I’m glad we have the programs that help support people who are having difficult times in their lives—drug rehabilitation, poor citizens, jobless citizens—however we do not want to encourage the nighttime hiking areas for heavy traffic that is most likely going to increase littering and garbage in those places, drinking, and marijuana smoking.

Not to mention open the possibility to nighttime fires, forest fires, and disturbing the wildlife.

The commentary says there is one group who is pushing for special treatment. Is there a reason why this group is not being named or what their goal is for changing the policies?

There are certainly better ways for them to achieve their goals.

-- AJ Coffin - San Luis Obispo

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