Letters to the Editor

For MLK Day of Service, youth expressing thanks to law enforcement

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?"

On this MLK Day, also our National Day of Service, the Manatee County Youth Commission would like to take the opportunity to thank local law enforcement officers for keeping Manatee County safe. Protecting and serving 333,895 citizens every day is a difficult task, not to mention the approximately 50,000 seasonal residents who choose to spend their time at our beautiful beaches.

Police and deputies place their lives in jeopardy every day, most of the time without any gratitude or even a simple thank you. Some may not always agree with the decisions of the law, but let's face it, who is the first one called if there is a problem?

The Manatee County Youth Commission, along with Manatee Elementary School, will be writing letters and cards to thank our local officers for keeping our neighborhoods safe. We encourage all citizens of Manatee County to express their support and appreciation to our officers, not only on this national day of service, but every day.

Megan Bossert, Manatee County Youth Commission

Patti Durham, Manatee County Substance Abuse Coalition