Monday, June 06, 2005

New Artwork Featured at the Statehouse

The statehouse was vandalized on Saturday by a group of spray-painters that oppose the I-69 expansion. You can see pictures and the article here. The vandalism took place at and around the north doors. For those of you unfamiliar with the setup of the Statehouse, the main security desk, which is staffed 24 hours a day by Capitol Police, is also just inside the north doors.

If the main security desk is within 10 feet of where the vandalism took place, why did the suspects make it all the way to Military Park before being arrested? Based on the Capitol Police response to this incident, how can Statehouse employees and visitors be assured that the building is secure? I think maybe it is time to reconsider the philosphy that the Statehouse is the people's house, and therefore should not be closed off to any people.

The Statehouse should be closed off to some people, namely those carrying spray paint, guns, or bombs. This would require only a minimal amount of scrutiny of visitors, and it would keep the people's house safe for all of the people inside.


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