I rarely read the Your Voice section of the Irrigator, but a letter authored by a Tabitha Bartlett caught my eye recently (“Unsafe skate park a sign of misplaced priorities,” Dec. 22). The letter is basically accusing the Patterson City Council of not enforcing rules and regulations for the skate park. She states that she is “shocked and outraged at the fact that not a single teen or child is wearing a helmet. Not one.”
I agree that the rules are set in place for a reason and our children’s safety is of prime importance, but why aren’t these children’s parents making sure that they leave for the skate park with the proper attire? I understand that just because they are equipped with the correct attire doesn’t mean that, once out of their parents’ sight, they are actually using it, but I believe that it is the parents’ responsibility to equip their children with the appropriate gear before allowing them to venture off to the skate park.
It is not the City Council that should come under fire; it is the parents of these children. I think that the skate park is a great addition to Patterson and that most of the community agrees. I would rather have a place for the youth in this community to go than have them roaming the streets looking for things to do. Lastly, if Tabitha Bartlett is so concerned about someone enforcing the rules, then why doesn’t she take it upon herself to volunteer and give back to her community?
Danielle Ashmore, Patterson