I believe the way the problems with First Friday are being handled is unfair to the general public; that the actions of so few dictate the actions of so many. Just because a few idiots thought it would be cool to start a "riot" in the streets doesn't mean that those with sense are going to perform those exact actions.
First Friday is looked forward to by many. Now that its fate is in jeopardy, many of us are unhappy. First Friday has become a "hang out" for many of various ages. Don't you think pepper spray is a little over the top?
This is my final plea: Please, just increase security and let us have First Friday. Don't take the bands or venues away. Just let us be.
Lauren Hall, North Augusta, S.C.