Make vandals clean up mess

I am writing regarding a front page article on Monday, March 21. This article addresses three juveniles and an adult arrested for theft and vandalism to a local school.

I could get upset that youth today get some "jollies" out of destroying school/public property, but what really angers me is the report says "the damage can be cleaned up by school custodians."

Why? Why have custodians clean up after these thugs? If the police caught them and know who they are, THEY are the ones who should clean it up, and maybe HELP the custodians with other custodial duties for a few months.

Does anyone think that these guys, after being caught, now will change their ways and this is the last crime they will ever do? Society and the courts have determined that ages 12 to 18 are the "no-consequence years" and it is a free-for-all at the taxpayer and responsible citizen's expense.

/s/ Rick Herndon, Sunnyside

Teens gained lifetime skills

We are writing to commend and thank the Sunnyside High School leadership class for sponsoring the talent show to benefit Lower Valley Hospice.

Dave Martinez, the class advisor, and the students—Victoria Sarmiento, Rebecca Van Pelt, Vanessa Alvarez, Amy Amaro and Erica Mendez—should be commended for their efforts in planning, preparing, presiding and following up on what was an excellent show. What these students learned by sponsoring such an event are lifetime skills.

Our community should be commended, as well, for continuing their support in providing care for friends and neighbors in our Valley.

Thank you.

/s/ Joel Stephens, Executive Director; Carol Bos, Volunteer Coordinator, Lower Valley Hospice


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