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To the editor: Teens must own up to man’s death

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Should four teens recently accused of killing a man be tried as adults? One letter writer says no. But he also believes they must own up to their wrongdoing.

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I read with interest about the four young men who have pleaded not guilty to killing a man who was a passenger in a car that was hit by a sandbag that was thrown from an overpass.

I am a grandson of a man who was murdered by a 14-year-old. That boy, now 50 years later, is still the youngest person to be tried as an adult. 

These four young men hopefully didn’t plan on killing a person with their hijinks, but they did so.

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Should they be tried as adults? My answer is no. Should they own up to doing wrong? Yes, they should.

I am sure they are very sorry for killing a man, and I think they should own up to it.

They most likely were doing a mischievous prank (one that they truly didn’t think through) that ended up proving to be a deadly one.

JAMES M. CROSSEN
Shadow Lane

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Trump’s ratings not ‘fake news’

A Dec. 26 letter writer said he could not understand President Trump’s historically low approval ratings (“Silent voters still in corner of President”).

He must live in a cocoon of only people who think like him. The negative ratings are real, unlike that writer’s perception of the “silent majority.”

JACK THOMAS
Garden Ridge Drive

Women should aim to show off smarts

I concur with the writer of the Dec. 30 letter, “Clothes don’t cause harassment.” A woman’s attire should not be an invitation to sexual harassment, which can range from individuals directing sexually implicit and embarrassing remarks at female employees to rape.

That being said, women of all ages should be aware that how they dress in the workplace can and will affect their future employment opportunities. 

Before getting dressed each morning, a woman should ask herself whether she hopes to be recognized for her competence, communication, and work ethic, or for her exposed cleavage and thighs.

LINDA MURPHY
Waterville

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