PROTESTS CAUSE CLOSURES
These protests are getting ridiculous. While people have right to express their political views and to peaceably assemble, I don’t think they have the right to interfere with the daily lives of others by blocking traffic and creating disturbances. In major cities, the usual suspects have become virtual professional protestors. Permits should not be granted for marches and demonstrations that require the closure of streets and interference with commerce. Not only does this rob others of money in the form of lost business, but it costs millions of man hours in traffic delays and lost wages from being unable to get to their place of business. Plus, of course, it costs millions of dollars in additional police protection and, by diverting emergency personnel to these demonstrations makes the rest of the city a much more vulnerable target for criminals. Mass demonstrations like this should either be relegated to the weekends or to private property.