In the weekly feature called "e-views," we invite readers to answer a question via email.
Last week's question:
Should cities pass so-called "social host" ordinances that can result in parents being fined or charged with a misdemeanor in cases where underage drinking takes place in the family home?
PARENTS SHOULD BE responsible raising their children to be productive members of society. Many parents seem to fail. Therefore, society must step in to pick up the slack, and if that includes the parents being fined or charged with a misdemeanor for their failure to teach responsibility to their children, so be it.
I HOPE ALL the cities pass this overdue ordinance holding parents responsible for any/all illegal activities by their kids.
Too often the parents want to ignore their responsibility with all sorts of useless excuses, when their kids behavior is unacceptable and/or illegal. Especially so, with the consumption of alcohol, that often results in injury or death to someone. On the almost same subject, if more parents were held criminally responsible for the shootings perpetrated by young gangsters, the numbers of shooting crimes would decrease. The days of parents being apathetic as far as ignoring their responsibility in parental control will be over if this ordinance is passed.
YES. IT IS right for parents to be responsible for what illegal activity occurs in the home. Parents should be providing a safe place for children and adolescents to socialize.
PARENTS SHOULD ABSOLUTELY be charged. And, if the underage drinkers end up killing someone due to the drinking, there should be felony charges in both cases.
IF THE PARENTS aided and abetted in the underage drinking, then they should be criminally charged -- including contributing to a minor's violations.
If they were unaware, such as if they were away and it occurred without their knowledge or help, then it should be considered on a-case-by-case basis. Underage children do a lot of things behind their parents' backs, and the parents shouldn't be faulted for their children's wrongdoing. Understandably, that is why parents sometimes ask themselves "why did I have kids" and "why am I being punished Lord?" The children should also be punished by forcing them to hear elevator music, opera music, and to watch episodes of the Lawrence Welk Show. It doesn't have to be physical punishment given out, just simple adult type of punishment we're exposed to. That should turn these young violators around -- who will be begging to be let off the hook if they promise not to do it again!
Ralph A. Hernandez
This week's question:
Are there streets in your community where people drive excessively fast? If so, where are they, and what do you think can be done to make them more safe?
Email your response to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please limit responses to a few sentences, and be sure to include your full name and city of residence. Not all responses will be published. Note: Please respond before Monday.