2014-03-14 / Letters

It’s Not The Parade

Dear Editor:

I am so disheartened to hear yet another story blaming an event or a thing rather than holding people accountable for their own actions. It is time to wake up and realize that we are creating generations that lack respect, morality and responsibility for their actions. Many kids today have no repercussions to worry about either.

It is not the parade’s fault that rowdy kids were drinking and acting inappropriately. If that were true (which it is not) then I guess it is the beach’s fault that people come for the day, act lewd and leave their garbage all over the streets.

It’s the Fourth of July’s fault that people get injured by illegal fireworks. I can keep going. Would the answer then be simply close the beaches, stop celebrating the Fourth of July and in this case cancel a beloved celebration of Irish heritage? No, it is not the answer.

Why should all the people suffer for the few bad apples? The answer is for people to take responsibility for their actions. Teenager rowdiness and destruction in and around the 129th Street area has been happening all year round. I am not saying the parade isn’t an excuse to do it too but it is happening all the time, is the point, not just once a year because of this event. If not this parade then there would be another excuse.

If indeed, the teenagers are drinking and acting up where did they get the alcohol from if they are underage? Where did they get the money from? What happens to them when they go home drunk? Please do not get me wrong I am not trying to say that well raised and mannered teenagers never act inappropriately. Everyone is human. I am sure many of us took a drink when we were underage. However, no one I knew ever disrespected property or disrupted the peace. We were scared to go home too drunk for fear of punishment and loss of the things we loved. We hung out by the beach or at the park not on the corner or near someone’s home. Why do these kids think it is okay to do that? Where are their parents?

I don’t know if anyone did this, but did any of the residents go out in the street and see who was acting up and tell them to move on? Did anyone call their parents if they knew who the kids were? I am glad they were arrested and fined. Hopefully that deters them from doing it ever again.

It is time to stop blaming parades and everything else for crimes. People commit them and they should be held accountable for their actions. Period.


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