Lodinews.com

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
|
||
Logout|My Dashboard

Community Voices Confronting gangs in Lodi: Maria Cervantes, Heritage Elementary School

‘Boys and girls walking home are scared. Families have stopped sitting in the front of their homes and are living in fear. When will the next gunshots be? ... Those are the questions that many families living in the Eastside ask themselves.”’

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Use your real name. You must register with your full first and last name before you can comment. (And don’t pretend you’re someone else.)
  • 2 Keep it clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually oriented language.
  • 3 Don’t threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
  • 4 Be truthful. Don't lie about anyone or anything. Don't post unsubstantiated allegations, rumors or gossip that could harm the reputation of a person, company or organization.
  • 5 Be nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 6 Stay on topic. Make sure your comments are about the story. Don’t insult each other.
  • 7 Tell us if the discussion is getting out of hand. Use the ‘Report’ link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 8 Share what you know, and ask about what you don't.
  • 9 Don’t be a troll.
  • 10 Don’t reveal personal information about other commenters. You may reveal your own personal information, but we advise you not to do so.
  • 11 We reserve the right, at our discretion, to monitor, delete or choose not to post any comment. This may include removing or monitoring posts that we believe violate the spirit or letter of these rules, or that we otherwise determine at our discretion needs to be monitored, not posted, or deleted.

Welcome to the discussion.

1 comment:

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 3:30 pm on Sun, Apr 1, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    I admire the thoughtfulness and caring nature of Maria Cervantes.

    Her letter was constructive and thought provoking. What all children do with their time and the environment they grow up in is essential to their behavior. Two issues that I would add to the mix is the effect of child labor laws and well as the fear many parents have of the state when it comes to disciplining and controlling their children's behavior.

    When I grew up my fiends and I worked in the vineyards during the summer and sometimes on long breaks. It resulted in me appreciating school as the hard work got me to thinking, there has got to be a better way. In today's rules and regulations, work many times is not an option. Most employers who have to pay a high minimum wage is not willing to give a nice kid a job. Work in my view is constructive, puts money in their pockets and develops a sense of purpose and responsibility.

    I also have talked with many parents over the last 15 years and fear of the state and having their child removed from their home if they as much as spank their child is a problem. I am not saying that spanking is the answer, but many parents are afraid to discipline which results in an unstructured environment where many children have little boundaries and limits to their behavior.

     
Readers Choice Awards 2014

Video

Popular Stories

Poll

What would you like to see in Lodi's parks?

Lodi's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department is hosting a public workshop at 7 p.m. at Hutchins Street Square to find out how it can better meet the needs of the community. What would you like to see in Lodi's parks?

Total Votes: 190

Loading…

Your News

News for the community, by the community.

Featured Events

Mailing List

Subscribe to a mailing list to have daily news sent directly to your inbox.

  • Breaking News

    Would you like to receive breaking news alerts? Sign up now!

  • News Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily news headlines? Sign up now!

  • Sports Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily sports headlines? Sign up now!

Manage Your Lists