Responding to the request for public input on the subject of loitering downtown, as written in an article in the Leader, I have always remarked at what a different scene is downtown in Merrill compared to Tomahawk. You never see kids hanging on the corners in Merrill. I always thought that Tomahawk was a little more laid back and not as uptight about things like that. Personally the kids don't bother me. And if they're hacky-sackin in the front of a store I'll walk next to them or through them or whatever, probably handing out some sort of flippent remark like..."Hey, how goes it , you crazy sackers?" They say hi and I remember my youth, just hanging out as well. However,....I do see the concern of the business people, and understand why they might be nervous with the situation. They don't want to discourage the tourist spenders, and I don't blame them for that concern at all. What I am wondering about though is if the kids can't hang downtown, they're going to hang elsewhere. Hopefully it won't be in the back alleys, out of view, and harder to monitor by the police department. Now at least the P.D. can see who is who, and who is on the "scene". Ideally, the parks would be the acceptable place to hacky and frisbee and loiter. The parks are made for loitering, that's what park benches are for, sitting and loitering. I would assume though, that the kids would be bored to just see their miserable friends, instead of the constant motion picture going by every minute. There are some thoughts to start the thread, as requested. Forum on, good people.