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Warrensburg's "Curfew Crackdown"

Editors note: This letter is being reprinted in the Adirondack Journal at the request of its author. Janis Merrithew wrote the letter in response to an article that appeared in the The Chronicle, written by councilman Dean Ackley concerning Warrensburgs recent crime epidemic. Dear Mr. Ackley: I am writing this letter in response to your article in the Chronicle, Curfew Crackdown coming to Warrensburg. In my opinion, the things you said could have been worded in a much more positive way, instead of focusing on the negative issues we have had. The Chaos Crew is no longer active and hasn't been for quite a while now. Some of the facts you stated in the article were inaccurate, and have not recently occurred in our school. This school year, our staff and community have not had any major problems with the Chaos Crew, and it was last year that two students were caught with weapons. I think that this article is only bringing up past problems, instead of focusing on all of the good things the youth of Warrensburg participate in. I have been a staff member of WCS and a resident of Warrensburg for most of my life, and would like to draw attention to the great aspects of our community. Our High School and Elementary students are always busy with different activities and events whether it be Varsity Club, Honor Society, Junior Statesman of America, a part-time job, a sports team, and the list goes on. Our students are always striving to do their best. All of us at one time or another in our lives have made bad decisions, but fortunately have learned from them and gone on to great accomplishments. Both our staff and our community are working hard to make Warrensburg a great place to live and to grow up in. I am a member of the Project SAVE program to benefit our youth. As parents, teachers, friends, and members of our town, it is everyone's job to work together and set a good example for the youth of our community. We will all benefit from focusing on the good and channeling out the bad. Please feel free to contact me at any time, as we would be glad to have you participate in our Project SAVE program as a member of the Warrensburg Town Board. Sincerely, Janis L. Merrithew

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