Letters to the editor for May 28
Thank you to Tribune photographer Dan Thrift for the wonderful editorial, “Cure for boredom is the imagination,” countering the article “Nothing to Do?” in the same edition (May 16-18). The woman who came up with the idea for the article was “frustrated by the lack of entertainment specifically directed toward teens.” Teens say there’s nothing to do until you’re 21, so they drink illegally. What makes teenagers (and their parents) think they have to be entertained all the time? That just leads to adults who need to be entertained. Parents need to explain to their kids that the nightclubs and gambling are things adults do while on vacation, like going to Disneyland, and that everyday life requires an expenditure of thought.
I think parents are afraid to let their kids be bored because they don’t trust their kids to stay out of mischief. The bilingual community liaison for the high school says, “If they’re doing something fun, they stay out of trouble.” The problem with that attitude is that fun cannot be maintained 24/7, and when the fun runs out, trouble begins.
Parents need to do their part by teaching their children to be law-abiding citizens, providing a good example and expecting good behavior. If they include their kids in their daily lives, then kids will see that life isn’t about sitting back and being entertained. We all have jobs, even if it’s being a student. We all have a home to maintain, clothes to clean and food to prepare and clean up after. We all live in a community that might require maintenance and includes people who need a helping hand. Kids can be creative within acceptable boundaries. That creativity may include traditionally “fun” activities such as swimming, biking, reading, skating, hiking, knitting, sewing, playing a musical instrument, making a music video or playing games. But it can also be fun and satisfying to do nice things for others such as helping around the house, yard and in the community.
(parent of two teenagers)
South Lake Tahoe
There’s nothing for teens to do at Tahoe – huh?
How about: Archery, disc golf, golf, baseball, basketball, biking, darts, hiking, ice skating, track and field, the gym, kayaking, rock-climbing, swimming, the beach, barbecues, water sports, fishing, gymnastics, horseshoes, camping, canoeing, soccer, football, ping-pong, skiing, cross-country, snowshoeing, photography, skating, movies, college classes or volunteering.
Most of this doesn’t cost much except a gathering of a few other bored- to-tears teens.
Another concept: work! Someone shoot me – this is a joke, right?
Get rid of the televisions, Xbox, computers, cars and cell-phone texting.
Open up your front door and look around. There is a wonderland of activity choices. If there isn’t one thing on the list above that interests you, you seriously need therapy. Then you can get back on the couch.
South Lake Tahoe
I recently had the experience of observing a student at one of the Lake Tahoe Unified School District elementary schools. Children were served a piece of white bread grilled in some type of hydrogenated margarine product (hydrogenated trans fats have been linked to increased heart disease and diabetes), juice sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup (linked to weight gain and insulin resistance), milk, Rice Krispies cereal (second ingredient: sugar), and a packet of white sugar for use on the already sweetened cereal.
With the current high incidence of ADHD, ADD and behavioral problems in schools and with great awareness of the link between poor nutrition (i.e., diets loaded with refined carbohydrates), poor behavior in kids, the high incidence of childhood obesity and predictions of life spans decreasing due to obesity and diabetes, why are our schools still feeding our kids foods that are not natural and wholesome?
Finally, the documentary “Super Size Me” showed how a school converted to using natural and locally grown food products at no greater cost to the school, and behavior problems actually decreased. I ask the question: Could such overdue and progressive ideas possibly be implemented into the LTUSD?
South Lake Tahoe