2002-09-21 / Letters

What Great Journalism!

What Great Journalism!

Dear Editor;

I want to thank you Mr. Toms, and Wave paper, for doing a great service to the parents of Rockaway and perhaps the city. (Last week's front-page story -'It Won't Be Long Before Someone Dies.')

I do not often agree with some of the views in your paper, but the story about the Rockaway youth inhaling a chemical and drinking beer on the beach deserves a literary award. 

Your investigative reporting, not to mention the fact that you will perhaps save lives, places pressure on the parents to open their eyes and wake up out of the fog they seem to inhabit. The report on teens inhaling "poppers"(chemical in canisters) and drinking beer on the beach is so frightening and appalling that I could not believe that no one in the field of law enforcement was aware of this problem.

The youth of today take great pride in the fact that they can out smart adults and parents. With programs like "Gang Intelligence", why is the 100th Precinct not on top of what is going on right in the community? We can't sell cigarettes to underage teens, yet they come into the corner stores and ask for "White Owl" cigars without a problem. The adults in our community are mute and possibly blind. When they read the story, they will go into instant denial.

I tell you that every parent should take heed and investigate this story even more. The police department should be up on this information. There is no reason why our local newspaper must go to great lengths to find out the answer to what appears to be an problem in our community and it transcends socio-economic, ethnic and boundary lines.

The things that go on after dark on our beach is not unlike a page right out of "Sex on the Beach"! To all you parents who are saying, "it's harmless fun, I drank beer when I was young" or "they are just teens being young", I say take heed. The females are doing things that will make the most liberal minded individual blush, the males do not respect these girls and in turn their arrogance spills over into society.

Parents, continue to turn a blind eye on the problem, continue to think that it's your imagination. In the mean time ask yourselves one thing. Why does your high school drop out or teen who has poor grades in high school, walk around with a cell phone that YOU are paying for, not to mention disobeying all the rules in your home but there is No problem? "Just young teens being young", you say? Well to that I say, I pray to God they live past their youth! Get involved parents and wake up.

SARAH O'HARA


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