Granby should not go through with tattoo, pawn shop ordinance
February 15, 2008
To the Editor:
I am writing to voice my concern over the potential ban on pawn and tattoo shops in downtown Granby.
I don’t understand how Mayor Wang can pick on these main street businesses. Do they not pay the same taxes as the rest of us? Are they not allowed the same basic freedoms as the rest of us?
If it is a cleaner image he is looking for, well, I feel downright offended. There are professionals young and old all over Granby that have body art. They come from all walks of life, so to label tattoos as anything less than a respectable form of art is a blow to the entire community.
People come to this community to avoid judgment based on looks, to express their personal freedoms, and most of all to live in a relatively laid back, quiet and peaceful town.
I am going to run with what Mr. Patrick Brower said in his letter (Feb. 14). How about the liquor stores and bars? Every week we all see how many people are arrested for DUIs, we see how many domestic disputes arise from alcohol, we see the tragedies that occur on a monthly basis, a lot involving alcohol.
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That to me displays a degrading image of us as a community. More so than a business that helps bring people together, helps commemorate fallen loved ones, and leads us to our ultimate goal of individuality and freedom of expression. How is that the wrong image? A place where we can be comfortable in our own skin, where we can show off our creative sides, where we can come together without the risk of violence and injury.
I know that there are a lot of other people in the community that feel this is ridiculous. I am asking as a main street businessman, a citizen of Granby and a supporter of our freedom of expression not to go through with this ban. Thanks for listening.
Tyson D. Arnold