Letters to the Editor

Mayor contributed to gang fight

Every scared parent in Patterson should thank their mayor for her help in starting this large gang fight at Patterson High. Without her interference with the Sheriff's Department trying to protect residents from these gangs, this fight would not have been possible.

Gang tensions have been high in this city, and when the Sheriff's Department tried to reduce it by extra enforcement, parents in denial ran to the mayor and cried "racism." She, in turn, accused the Sheriff's Department of harassment.

If your child is law-abiding and not in a gang, then there should be no problem. However, if they dress, act and talk like and hang out with gangbangers, then guess what? They need extra enforcement, no matter what race they are.

GREG SMITH

Oakdale

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