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Youth must be taught obligation to society

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Editor's note: To commemorate the 150th year of continuous publication, The Deseret News is reprinting some of the letters to the editor published through the years.

I heartily agree with Joseph D. DeFries on his premise that modern youth is entitled to a chance to work. I take exception, however, to his statement that the world owes them a living.

The youth of today won't put out the effort that is necessary to keep even with their their obligations to society and expect too much for too little.

When parents are too much interested in social affairs to guide the youngsters right, there is a lack of discipline in handling the formative years of their lives and the youngsters get a bad start on life's road.

When a child comes into the world, it needs supervision and training just like young puppy or any other domestic animal, but animals have instinct to guide them, whereas a baby doesn't and must be trained in everything, and if this training is not on the right lines, the child becomes delinquent.

A youth of today has been raised in the belief that he doesn't owe the world anything, whereas he should be made to realize he is obligated to society and that he can't expect more than he is willing to give.

It is much more humane to have a punished child than a dead one, and when parents take the trouble to start their offspring off right, there will be a slacking of juvenile delinquency.

Carl B. Craig

July 5, 1952