The Clarion News for Tuesday, July 13th shows a senior lady being arrested for sitting in a rocking chair while her beloved South Street is denuded of shade trees. There is concern bordering on panic about the future of rocking chairs in Clarion Borough.
The rumor is that city council leaders have asked the borough solicitor to research the strongest charge and penalty for possession or use of a rocking chair within the borough. It is not clear if rocking chairs within the confines of home or business, or on the Clarion University campus, will be exempted from the potentially new ordinance.
In Michelle’s they have preemptively removed all rocking chairs. This panic may spread. Porches may give way to uncomfortable, straight-backed, static chairs.
Before the shade and pleasure of summer are fractured and lost, cooler-headed political leaders must step forward. I say, don’t turn Clarion into a hot Tea Party. Charles Marlin