RE: “Inappropriate Front Page”

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Dear concerned resident,

We were surprised and disappointed that the Journal published your letter when you didn’t stand behind your strong opinions and sign your name. It’s one thing to take up your concerns with the local paper, however it’s another to bring down those who were innocently pictured.

Dear concerned resident,

We were surprised and disappointed that the Journal published your letter when you didn’t stand behind your strong opinions and sign your name. It’s one thing to take up your concerns with the local paper, however it’s another to bring down those who were innocently pictured.
We were all pleasantly surprised to see our picture on the front page (March 9) as we did not ask or choose to be there. We were simply supporting a local event by
taking part in the theme of the night; your unkind words dampened that for us. As far as the profane shirt you mention, the first letters cannot be seen. It does not say what might be implied at first glance.
You state, “Let’s not promote the lowest forms of entertainment…”. We were raised to have good values and to support our local community. It was an event attended by many generations; a night of dancing with friends, parents, and grandparents. We were privileged to take part in that. We were also raised to understand the effects of alcohol. Three of four of us in the photo were designated drivers that night. We made sure our family and friends arrived home safely. It’s understandable to assume we were drinking, but it’s another to undermine us for the Pepsi and juice in our glasses.  
We were raised to set an example. The three girls pictured in the photo played important roles in their school communities and continue to do so locally. The young man is also a proactive member of the community. We were raised to be positive people, to be respectful, to work hard, to be family oriented, and to enjoy life and have fun.
We can only hope your children are never so quickly and unfairly judged as you have done to us. Please, don’t judge a book by its cover.
Signed:
Residents of the next generation who support their community and know their children will one day enjoy the region we so proudly call home.
Thomas Dunn, Kelsey McDonald, Chelsey Schryer and Kaitlyn Schryer
L’ISLE-AUX-ALLUMETTES