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Does this city care about its youth?

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Posted: Monday, May 12, 2008 10:00 pm

People like us are seen as sexually perverse people who are desperately after drugs and alcohol.

We try to attract direct attention to ourselves by spray painting on government property, wearing baggy clothes and worshiping rap and music that sounds like someone's really ticked off, screaming into a microphone. This is probably what half of the city of Lodi thinks of teenagers. Can I please ask why this is the case? We are the individuals that go out of our way to go to Mexico to help build houses, the ones that make this city lively, and also the very own sons and daughters of the well-respected adults of this city.

But it also seems that we are the ones who are put on trial. We get suspended for trying to be enthusiastic for dances by putting up a big "T" with our hands and smiling (the smile defeats the purpose of it referring to the drug, and when the principal is later asked about it, he says "I will not speak about my students at this time.")

We are the ones who get asked to leave the premises of the movie theater by cops when just simply waiting for a friend to show up, because of the "no loitering" sign. We are the ones burdened by senior projects during our year of school that is supposed to be the most enjoyable, and even if there aren't senior projects, the district will supply us with yet another burden just as painful as the previous one to take its place.

Most of all, we are the ones who will leave this city forever the first chance we have because of how little it offers, leaving everyone wondering why there is no one left in this city. There has never been a time in all of my six years of being a teenager that I have seen any strives for this city to offer any source of entertainment or fun for the teenage community. After reading article after article of how "great" the reconstruction plans will be, I see nothing for the teens. Once upon a time, this city had three local movie theaters, a skatepark, a bowling alley, and CalSkate. Now, we have only one movie theater, and a nonprofit teen center.

Does this city not care about its youth, or simply ignore that it exists?

Spencer Rhoads

Lodi

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7 comments:

  • posted at 7:56 pm on Tue, May 13, 2008.

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    midtowner 8:01 AM: Geez, have some class.

     
  • posted at 2:25 pm on Tue, May 13, 2008.

    Posts:

    "We are the ones burdened by senior projects during our year of school that is supposed to be the most enjoyable, and even if there aren't senior projects, the district will supply us with yet another burden just as painful as the previous one to take its place."

     
  • posted at 7:08 am on Tue, May 13, 2008.

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    Spencer - very good letter with valid points. there isn't much for teens to do in Lodi anymore. I grew up here too and we had bowling, skating, movies... Midtowner isn't very nice calling you a spoiler brat. I have met you and you are a nice young man whose bored with Lodi. Can't say i blame you. And I agree with Papercut, nothing but one wine event after another. Nothing much for us non-drinkers to do either. I hope you can find something to do, hey, why not join Changing Faces Theater for the summer? Its fun and lots of teens are kept busy till school starts again. check them out. they have auditions on May 22. you might just enjoy it!

     
  • posted at 5:43 am on Tue, May 13, 2008.

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    papercut, check out the Zinfest this weekend. I've met people from the east coast and midwest who came out just for this event. And...I believe the Zinfest is only about three years old. You certainly don't have to drink wine if you don't want to as there is plenty to do. Here's a chance for you to support your local farming community. I think you'd have fun.

     
  • posted at 4:46 am on Tue, May 13, 2008.

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    Spencer, there are many tanning, massage parlors and gyms here for youths. Isn;t that the vision your city leaders and own parents wanted and planned for all these years? Lodi has nothing going for older residents unless you consider attending one wine tasting event after another. Lodi's leaders have let their wine and vine owning friends turn this into a one-minded city. These wine events only draw the same local faces each time and very few tourists. Outside of Lodi, the wines are just generic year after year and this city needs to have something besides wines. What's wrong with the old boat races? Oh, sorry, too noisy? How about community and city picnics at Lodi Lake? What's wrong with the Chamber, DLBP, tourist center and city leaders getting together and planning something besides the same old? New ideas are never accepted in old fashioned towns, and Lodi is definitely that.

     
  • posted at 3:01 am on Tue, May 13, 2008.

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    Hey Spencer: after reading your letter, it seems you are a bitter teenager who refuses make fun for yourself. There are plenty of activities you can participate in which would leave you with a more optimistic attitude. Quit following your loser friends and make up your own plan. By the way, the city's objectives are not to cater to spoiled little brats like you!

     
  • posted at 2:57 am on Tue, May 13, 2008.

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    Spencer, I grew up in Galt where we didn't have anything to do either. So we would call up our friends and get together and play football, baseball, shoot some hoops, maybe go play some golf, and even grab a fishing pole to see if their biting. There are things to do, you just have to make them happen.

     

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