Letter to the editor 1, June 18, 2015

Dear Editor,

I am writing this letter today, not as an employee of Your Local Journal, but as a long-time member of the community and a resident of St. Lazare. Following the accident that occurred in Hudson this past Friday evening whereby two young people out jogging were struck by a 22-year-old (allegedly) drunk driver, many among us have been quick to point out that the young people of our area are “spoiled,” “over indulged” and generally “irresponsible.”

As the parent of an 18-yearold daughter, I feel compelled to point out that I have been blessed to witness both she and her friends grow into responsible young adults. Many of them contribute greatly to their communities by volunteering; they hold down jobs while going to school and are generally upstanding citizens.

While the event was indeed tragic, I feel it important that we not paint all of our young people with the same brush. Additionally, did the organizers of the golf tournament not have a responsibility to prevent this young man from driving? Did someone not notice? Has this not happened to most of us and we were just lucky enough to arrive home without incident?

May we all learn something from this and do our part to prevent this from happening again. My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families.

Karen Simmons


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