Erik Hamilton's article "Wheel Estate" (Home Design, March 16) focused on the fact that Kelly Bellmar's pool was constructed specifically for skateboarding.
As Mr. Hamilton began to illustrate the concerns of the neighbors who lived around Kelly Bellmar's property, he inserted a very alarming comment: "Under the circumstances, most of us can appreciate his neighbors' apprehension. Who among us has not been terrorized by a rampageous skater in a public park or shopping center? Now picture that in your own neighborhood."
In the space of three sentences, Mr. Hamilton has taken a neutral subject and (made) the negative comments of the neighbors seem plausible. Furthermore, his statement, as well as his reference later to "troops of skateboarding renegades," conjures up images of swastika-bearing, knife-wielding 13-year-olds attempting to run down the public.
That is hardly the case.
It is this sort of ignorance that has caused skateboarding to become prohibited on public streets in some Orange County cities.