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Letter: Reader defends parents in response to graffiti letter

Published: April 2, 2014 12:00 AM

I wish to respond to the letter of irate indignation over the railroad bridge graffiti "Seniors 2014" in downtown Hudson. The denigration of Hudson parents is more than I can bear. Hudson parents are engaged, proactive people who sustain a livelihood while supporting their children's academics and extra-curricular activities. Academic clubs, sports, and community organizations like Scouts or Young Life are among the dozens of pursuits for Hudson youth that would not exist without parental involvement. These "extras" are in addition to rigorous academics which is why Hudson is in Ohio's top 10 districts. For a more balanced view of local high schoolers, I suggest attending the April spring musical which offers a glimpse of the high caliber of talent and work of our young people and their families.

In regards to the graffiti, which I do not condone, it is an act of mischief without the consequences of other more serious behaviors, such as texting and driving or drug addiction, which cost families so much agony and taxpayers a lot more than paint. I am reminded of my grandfather who cost Cleveland taxpayers money in the 1880s when they had to replace street lamp globes he and his friends broke with their slingshots. This is a man who graduated top of his Yale class, sat on many Cleveland boards, and funded many civic projects. In my view, his mischief was worse than this example of graffiti which is probably not meant to be an act of ingratitude to Hudson residents but more a declaration of triumph.

Sarah Adams, Hudson


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