In light of the tragedies developing from our children acting out in ways that seem to say they are screaming for help, you'd think our community newspaper would give a great deal of credence to an event held specifically to provide a day of fun and enlightenment for both children and parents.
Such an event was held at Green Valley Park on Saturday, May 15, Non-Violence Day Family Rally, hosted by the Rim Country Optimist Club. This event included Payson Police Department's kid fingerprinting, K-9 presentation, Tonto Search and Rescue, 911 information, SADD, DARE, CASA, MADD, Payson High School cheer squad performance, the high school debate team, a magician, face-painting, clowns, food and games.
Instead of a front page story to catch readers' attention to this worthwhile event, a small article was printed on page 9b of the sports section. On the front page of that issue there were two obvious choices for a non-violence event article. The Opinion page, under "Our View" of this same issue, presented an interesting article on putting a face on crime for first-time offenders.
This editorial was positive, and so was the event held at the park. Hopefully next year the person in charge of deciding what's important in our community will think about the many children who need guidance and encouragement to help them choose the right direction.