To the Editor:
I agree wholeheartedly with the thoughts expressed in Christina Currie's column of Jan. 16. Parental involvement in their children's lives is the most important factor in a child's development.
Unfortunately, many parents are not involved in their children's lives. Some parents are involved in primarily negative ways. And some parents are unable to offer many positive examples to their children because of physical or mental illness.
So, while I too encourage positive interactions between parents and their children, I believe we must recognize that positive involvement from teachers, neighbors, friends and relatives is crucial.
The people in our community may be all these "at risk" children have to encourage them and direct their growth. That is why money and time must continue to be directed to community support-related groups.
That is why "at-risk" children need to be identified early, and recommended to groups such as Grand Futures and Partners.
That is why we need adults in our community to continue their volunteer and paid efforts to assist these children.
It remains our responsibility as a caring community to aid these children so they do not become destructive teenagers and adults.