There is a glaring omission as to one of the reasons why the future of “Kuna Days” may be in peril – obstacles created by additional safety and other rules. (see “The End of Kuna Days,” in Kuna Melba News, July 31, 2013)
I reached out to my friend Dan Johnson about the article. Dan was a key leader of last year’s Kuna Days celebration. He explained how various “safety” rules have made it harder to get Kuna Days off the ground. These include the development and submission of two separate “safety plans;” one to our Sheriff’s office and another to the City. The safety plans must include an evacuation map, an outline of where the barricades will be located, and a description of the kinds of barricades to be used. I understand the need for safety, but I don’t recall reading about “massive injuries” or a “rash of deaths” in the 1970s, 1980s, or 1990s due to the lack of barricades.
Organizers must also set up two rows of plastic “snow fencing.” These are the bright orange-netted fences typically used on perimeter walkways at construction sites. While this is designed to prevent “beer handling” to minors, it also makes it hard for families to move around freely. A family doesn’t necessarily want to walk through a bunch of singles that are drinking. Since they can’t go under the fence, they must walk around the entire celebration. Some of them simply won’t show up.
Moreover, ACHD has been resisting the closure of our streets in recent years. While I am sure they have their reasons, why didn’t those same actions and same concerns occur at the Exergy Tour last year?
Finally, companies like Cowgirls, Idaho Pizza, and others should be thanked for their willingness to use their private property. Cowgirls also paid for advertising. While local and county governments imposed rules that imposed obstacles on Kuna’s families to gather together, these private companies helped make it happen.
The Kuna Melba News listed several reasons why Kuna Days has struggled. But one of them, government intrusion upon free people assembling to celebrate our heritage, should also be noted. Thank you.
— Stephen M. Ackerman
Soccer Xpress U14 Girls Soccer Team Atomic would like to say “Thank You” to Mr. Pat Jones and the Chamber of Commerce! This past weekend we were given the opportunity to have a booth in the Kuna Days. We are fundraising to go to out of town tournaments and other expenses that come along with playing competitive soccer. We went above and beyond what we expected and we couldn’t have done it without them. Soccer Xpress is very appreciative of the community in helping the girls achieve their goal!
On top of that, the firework show was a great way to end the long hours of fundraising! Thank you to everyone who came to support Kuna and help us with our fundraiser!
— Soccer Xpress U14 Girls
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