Mall should keep early hours for walkers

Feb. 7, 2014 at 5:04 p.m.
Updated Feb. 6, 2014 at 8:07 p.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

Sadly, people who walk at the Victoria Mall were informed that the mall would no longer be open to walkers until 9 a.m. effective Monday. As one of the early morning walkers, I find that this change is ill-advised and will only hurt many more than the few it may help.

The walkers who enjoy the safety from crime, the climate-controlled atmosphere and general companionship that meeting at the mall provides will be denied this life-enriching opportunity. Mall walkers represent all ethnic, social, gender and age-based segments of the Victoria population. Were it not for the mall, my retirement would not be a time of enjoying the company of the many friends I have made there. At one time, I was faced with the possibility of relocating to another city and chose to remain here partially because of the mall friends I have.

Granted, I could lay around and walk later, but I have an established routine and find that my morning walk is essential to a good day. The early group members do not make messes and even clean up after others, provide a level of security both for each other and the businesses there and engage in a healthy pursuit. We shop at the mall. Do they really not want our business? Management needs to reconsider this foolish policy and better meet the needs of our community.

Terry Smith, Victoria



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