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Letter: Community needs to come together

Re “A teacher, a student, a violent prison gang” (Monitor editorial, Sept. 2):

Your opening paragraph struck a nerve: “Concord is such a small community that it’s easy to think, naively, that we know everything about everything going on in town. The recent arrest of Peggy Sinclair certainly put that ridiculous notion to rest.”

What would you like our community to take away from this opening paragraph? Don’t trust your neighbors? Don’t eat a casserole they might make you? Don’t make a new neighbor a pie when they move next door – because you don’t know everything about them? Don’t sit on your front porch? Don’t trust? Don’t have compassion or pray that people get the services and help they need? This is a tragic case with a lot of open issues. Our newspapers should not be in the position to recommend us not to embrace our community. Our community needs to come together and realize that many among us struggle with many, many issues. Possibly, we can help folks.

Henry David Thoreau said, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” These are tragic, difficult events with no easy solutions, but I don’t think it is the opportunity for a small-town newspaper to encourage us to not embrace our community.



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