Letters to the editor

Dear Editor,

There you go playing the victim again. I'm sure if you and your friends the Seriously Stupid 7 were in court in front of a judge there was a reason... Your story about the six-year-old boy who was arrested and taken to juvenile court for pulling up a flower was a bit over the top. That's too young, but what happens if we become a nation without laws?

Since you think you have the answers, what do you suggest?


Dear L.P.,

No sir or ma'am, I don't have all of the answers, but I know that juvenile court is not the place for a six-year-old child. Should a child be punished for pulling up a flower?

Only if you specifically tell him or her not to. Even then, if the child shows an interest in plants, maybe you have a future botanist on your hand, and her or his interest should be cultivated, not punished.

A fringe member of our group growing up was fascinated with snakes, would go up to one in the woods and pick it up, examine it and then put it down and let it slither away. I've always thought that if given a chance, his interest in reptiles might've led to a career in research or medicine, and he could have possibly discovered the cure to something or the other. Instead, he caught a juvenile charge, was sent to Morrison Training School and never got his footing in the adult world.