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After reading the stories written after the annual Halloween celebration on Franklin Street, it is amazing to see exactly how naive Chapel Hill leaders continue to be regarding town events.

The town wants to limit the number of people on Franklin Street on Halloween to an arbitrary number that is shadowed by the sheer number of students enrolled at UNC, let alone townspeople who may also wish to partake in the festivities.

Also consider how many people flood Franklin Street when our beloved Tar Heels win a national championship, lighting bon fires.

Why do they choose to single out Halloween? Consider still the statistics of this years party: 50,000 people and only one arrest. That number has gone down each of the last two years. There is no reason for the town to attempt to limit the celebration as people will find a way to celebrate despite the “restrictions.” Budget the funds, provide the security and let the people have their fun.

Philip Guillemette
UNC ’03

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