GENE OPITTEK, San Clemente
I was sickened to see and read about the riotous behavior of our local youth. Not in our beautiful city, against our beloved Marines, on Memorial Day weekend.
Even when told to knock off their dangerous behavior with illegal fireworks, this cannot be tolerated, it is not kids being kids, nor a way to blow off steam.
Where is the upbringing, the parenting, and/or the behavior/discipline policies in our local schools?
I fear it is a manifestation of the significant loss of the importance of faith and family in recent decades (WSJ Poll, 3/27/23). This needs to be dealt with now.
Not just with penalty, but parental accountability, and feedback through our local schools and elected officials. It is like cancer and will only get worse.