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Letter: Some children can be unattended in vehicles

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From: Marvin Soliday


I would be one of the first to agree that someone who leaves an infant/toddler alone in a car should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. But in my opinion some are now crying wolf.

First-, second- or third-graders (6- and 7-year-old kids) are capable of staying in a car alone or watching a younger brother with the windows down and sunroof open or the car running with the air conditioning on.

Neither one of these children probably would have gotten upset if someone had not started snooping around, banging on the windows and yelling/calling police. They didn’t know what was going on. Probably thought these people wanted to hurt them.

I grew up in the 1950s and ’60s. Cars and homes had no air conditioning. It was just as hot then. We were left in cars at the grocery and on the square in town. I was 5 and on up. My brother was 3 and on up. Guess what? We survived. I was smart enough to roll down the windows or roll them up if I thought I should and keep the doors locked.

If cars today did not have air conditioning, would none of you ever leave your 6- or 7-year-old in the car while you ran in for a loaf of bread?

At what age can you leave your child in a car — 8, 10, 16, 32, 63? When I was 7, I was driving a tractor. No wonder America is going downhill. Parents today treat their children like babies up into their 30s. You send them to school when they are 3 years old, but they can’t sit in a car for 15 minutes (windows down, sunroof open) at age 7. Think about it.

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