By Sara Skan
September 14, 2009
After reading and agreeing with Public Nuisance by Harry Howard,
it got me thinking. Yes, there are quite a bit of Ketchikan
youth that is disrespectful, destructive amongst other things.
However, there is also a side of our beautiful town's youth that
is worth encouraging. Three of my four children are enrolled
in the Ketchikan school district, on many occasions my oldest
has spoken with me about the things that are said and done on
the bus, the way the "older kids talk" It makes me
nervous to send her off! She is learning things that she shouldn't
know at her age, things their father and I should be discussing
with them at what we feel is the appropriate time. As a parent
I also know that I am responsible for teaching my children to
have good judgment and knowing the difference between right and
wrong. Having respect and compassion for their elders and one
I know that I am obviously not the only one in this community
to notice that there is a lot going on with our Ketchikan youth.
Suicides, vandalism, vulgarity, ect..ect.. I don't want to
turn my head, I don't want to walk away shaking my head. Our
children could become victims, or worse responsible for these
On the other hand, I know of so many parents/guardians that spend
the time to ask their child how their day was, discuss problems
and encourage their children to do and be the best they can be.
It truly makes a difference. I also know that there are parents
that are 100% involved with their children and still wind up
asking themselves "What did I do wrong?" Is it the
peers they hang out with? So many kids out there of all ages,
deserve to be recognized for all that they are, all that they
do. What can we do as parents to better our children's lives,
to help them make good choices? Why are some parents out there
destroying their children and their innocence? How can we turn
this around? There are answers and we need to find them out and
act on them. For our children, for our community! I will personally
volunteer to do whatever I can. Anything! I will continue to
pray, so many of us are.
Received September 13, 2009
- Published September 14, 2009
nuisance By Harry Howard
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