Letters to the editor – Wednesday (5-24-2011)
Parents, educators should never condone bullying
I just finished reading the article ěVigil Message: Bullying can create lasting woundsî published in the May 23 paper.
There was one sentence that stood out to me: ěThey changed Meganís class schedule to avoid the girls who were tormenting her.î
My thought is, while I completely understand why this decision was made, it should not have been necessary. The girls tormenting Megan should have had actions taken to stop the behavior completely. Parents of the kids who do the bullying need to be better parents (there, I said it). Children should not be raised thinking bullying is OK. It is never OK to put someone else down, not for any reason. And to the parents who say, ěOh, they are just being kids … itís not a big deal,î I ask you this question: What if it were your child in tears? How would you feel about the situation then?
I completely blame the parents of the bullies and school officials who let bullying take place. Children do not ask to be born, so it is up to every single adult to make sure children are kept safe. School is a place where children should be able to go and not be afraid. And to all people involved who let this behavior continue, you should be ashamed of yourself. Today it may not be your child who is being called names, being hit etc. etc. But one day it very well could be. Teach kindness to your children. Bullying can come in many different forms, and it is never OK.
ó Jamie Parker
Cleaning up the meth mess
Law enforcement agencies say they do not have enough money to clean up meth labs.
I have a suggestion: When those meth people are caught, they should clean up their own mess.
If the meth makers and users blow themselves up, then the state wonít have to pay, and the meth people are off the streets permanently.
ó Barbara Blackwell
Too much sign oversight
I wish whoever is in charge of telling people what they can and canít do with their own property would let us, the public, know what was so wrong with Okey Dokeyís signs.
You make ridiculous rules because you know you can force them on people. Some time ago, the bed and breakfast on Fulton Street had to change its signs because you had a problem with it, and you claimed the sign at Harrisonís Florist on Grove Street was too big. (Boy, was it big ó if you werenít looking for it, you wouldnít even see it.)
It looks as if you like to flaunt your authority, whether it makes sense or not, because you can get by with it. I believe if you tried, you could find better things to do with your time.
ó Dot Trexler