Letters, Monday, Aug. 9

Letters, Monday, Aug. 9

There are 2 comments on the Lebanon Daily News story from Aug 10, 2010, titled Letters, Monday, Aug. 9. In it, Lebanon Daily News reports that:

I was reading the police blotter and I was shocked! Why are there 11-, 12-, 13- and 14-year-old kids out roaming the streets after 1 a.m.? Seriously, are there adults out there who see nothing wrong with this? The world is way too dangerous for kids that age to be out alone late at night.

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Lebanon, PA

#1 Aug 10, 2010
shocked by young people out alone after dark? are you really shocked about this? Lebanon is the only city I know of that doesn't enforce the curfew it implemented years and years ago. For some reason our police force here in Lebanon City overlooks more violations than it cites. I watched police officers let kids loose after calls were made of disturbing the peace late at night, all it took was a young girl about 16 years old to lean into the officers car and let her overly developed breasts hang out for the officer. Yeah, we certainly do have a few officers who quite possibly fall under the pedophile ranks, and soon their names will be made more public. But outside of that, our youth aren't at risk of being in trouble with the law, I got that basically out of the captains mouth during a phone conversation with him. Why is this so you ask? Because the police are more afraid of being sued because they may make a simple procedure mistake and the parents are always out to make a lawsuit. Especially here in Lebanon where a majority of people are sub poverty levels and dont want to work to change their situation. They are always looking for the easy way out which means screwing taxpayers over with lawsuits that drain the city's ability to get itself out of the red in the budget and finances. Lebanon is a ghetto, it's a trashy city with no one stepping up and making drastic changes. Our mayor is much more concerned with the litter on the street than the trash that litters it.

Lebanon, PA

#2 Aug 10, 2010
You make it sound like you think Lebanon is really unique, have you ever lived anywhere else? Do you know people who live in other cities? Ask them what it's like.
As far as curfew, They do indeed enforce it. It's kind of like going fishing, no matter how hard you try or how good you are, you'll never catch them all. But even if you're not a good fisherman you'll still be able to catch a few of the easy ones.
Several years ago my daughter was a passenger in a car coming home from a school sanctioned rollerskating party and the driver (Under 18) decided he was going to go around the loop one more time before they went home. They got pulled over a few minutes after 10:00 and everyone in the car got cited for curfew violations.
The ones who aren't getting caught are the ones who have learned how to avoid the police. They're learning "street smarts" at an early age and they are the ones who really do need to be caught, but just getting caught isn't enough. The legal system will only do so much and most of the time the parents won't do anything. A lot of the time the kids are learning their untoward behavior from their parents and close relatives, getting caught will just serve as an educational experience as to how to avoid being caught the next time.

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