I just could not stop myself from responding to "End poverty and you'll end gangs" (May 7, Letters). I am the product of a poor family of seven children raised in west Modesto and had aunts, uncles and cousins living in the airport neighborhood in the '40s, '50s and '60s. Guess what? Not one of us turned out to be a gang member.
The responsibility lies with the parents. Raise your children with respect to others.
I raised four beautiful daughters, not one a gang member, but not one rich either. Just working their way to a better life, not taking other people's lives.