This week, three stories in particular drew some heavy comments:
First up, our article discussing comments made by Reading board of selectmen regarding substance abuse in the wake of the Ronan murder drew a series of comments. 'George' said, "Every community needs leaders to step up with outrage, demand zero tolerance and aggresively eliminate the scourge that is killing it's citizens." While 'Peter' said, "The DARE program was in place when these two victims attended Reading schools. I'm not sure that this current Board of Selectpeople has the necessary vision and fortitude that is required to lead this town, too political."
Next, our weekly Police Log was quite popular on the comment boards. In response to a particularly violent week, 'Roxanne' said, "There needs to be more positive youth groups and things to do for the middle schoolers and high school in this town... Not everyone chooses to go away in the summer here!" In response, 'Cher' said, "Roxanne, Welcome to Reading! Sorry you missed the Reading Rec. summer programs: http://www.readingrec.com/forms/4806_2011_final_summer.pdf Can't kids do something that isn't organized by someone else?"
Finally, our article discussing the 'teachable aspects' of the Ronan murder, drew dozens of comments, some rather heated. A tiny selection (some comments not in full form):
- tep2001 said, " The DARE program and Descisions class were/are not geared to today's major issues, those being highly-addictive drugs like Percoset, Oxy-Contin, and heroin."
- GM said, "Right now, in Reading, it happens to be a concern about substance abuse. However, in Wayland it's about healthy relationships. Lastly, let's not point fingers! Let's get active and try to make a difference in our community!"
- Steve said, "The AD's feet should definitely be held to the fire. He has let too much go for too long concerning the athletes and some of their so called influential parents. This from a personal experience over 10 years ago. Go get another championship boys and girls!"
- Peter said, "RMHS's AD = Teflon Man....as long as RMHS athletics keeps winning the coveted Globe Dalton Trophy, everything is just fine in Rocketville!!! A legend in his own mind for sure."