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Opinion

Not feeling safe downtown


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • May. 26, 2020 - 6:22 PM

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My wife and I have lived in Newnan for 21 years and agree it is the best place we’ve ever lived, but last night we faced a situation that was uncomfortable, and I grew up in NYC.

Like many people we’ve been staying home except for essential grocery shopping, etc.

However, yesterday evening we decided to go downtown and have dinner at La Fiesta. After dinner we were walking down to the Rock Salt to have an ice cream when a man shouted to us from across the street.

He came over to us and said he needed fifteen dollars so he could buy something to eat. I told him we’d be back because I did not have any change. He then proceeded to follow us and came into the ice cream store and sat down and waited for me to pay. I gave him ten dollars and he didn’t even thank me.

My point in this exercise is that downtown merchants are trying to survive and visitors, as well as citizens, need to feel safe and comfortable in Coweta County — especially on the Square.

There needs to be a police presence downtown while shops are open and people are present. How about an officer actually walking around checking things out?

Mike Merget

Newnan