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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.”’

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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.



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