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lettersl0000nail lib Responses to last week's issue WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND? You can write us at 140 Soulh Bevedy Dnve #201 Bevedy Hills, CA 90212 You can fax us at 310.887.0789 fax email us at Regarding Didi Cohen's editorial on the new teenage driving restrictions ("The Ring", Jan. 13), I am left with one main question in my mind: whom can we blame for the poor, poor conditions fac- ing the youth of Beverly Hills? They have not learned (because they have not been forced to learn?), or possi- bly because there was no one to teach them how some of the real necessities of children's lives are forced upon them, such as riding a bike (that is, after one has worked many long hours in order to pur- chase one), or even how to place one foot in front of the other in order to get from one place to another. To answer your statements (or com- plaints), I wonder if you have any idea as to why it is that insurance companies charge so much extra for car insurance when any of this "4% of drivers" is list- ed? Why is it that this group accounts for a much higher incidence of accidents than their 4% should do, proportionally? What is the greatest cause of teen-age & young adult deaths and injuries? Why is alcohol prescribed for youth in the age group you wrote about? Learn about the medical, physiological and anatomical evidence as to the growth of the various portions of the youthful brain BEFORE you assume you are fully grown and mature. Nature has decided otherwise. Where did you get the idea that parents have to ENTERTAIN their children? NAPSHOT Can't they find meaningful activities on their own? Are you telling us that these poor children have been kept in their childhood so long that they have missed the opportunity to learn to be responsible for themselves? The knowledge on the "outside" of this community strongly sup- ports the idea that "if one is bored, he/she is actually boring him/herself." How much free time do you have to squander, anyway? I agree that driving a car CAN teach a person responsibility, but doesn't necessarily do so. But what type of responsibility does one learn if the car if GIVEN, maintenance PROVIDED, gas PROVIDED, insurance PROVIDED, tickets PAID FOR? Yes, responsibility can he learned and experienced with a car, but it can also he learned WITHOUT a car. FINANCIAL responsibility is an important part of your learning. How is that gained?? Yes, I agree with you. Teenagers do need social outlets. But how much of a good thing are you feeling is due you? knowledge? I do hope you and the community will forgive my use of a four letter word in this letter. I must mention .... prepare yourseives--W-O-R-K. Go out and try the horrible lack of social activities, the ostracism, the terrible idea that you might have to GIVE of yourselves a bit, instead of RECEIVING, no strings attached, whatever you feel like having by opening your little beaks to be filled up ALL the time. If you don't want or need wages from working, give the salary to some charity. Better still, volunteer for a worth-while cause. There are so many. If you are so bright that you have all this extra time and have automatically maximized your intellectual capacities, why not help oth- ers who have less ability? It even sharp- ens your knowledge base. Why not help out at some senior facilities or even for those living at home. Do things for them that the.y can no longer do for themselves. Entertain them. Your imaginations can really he put to good use. You might even become proud of your- selves, and boost your self-confidence. And you know what? You might even enjoy yourselves. There is a satisfaction and joy in helping others that you might never feel otherwise. Sadly, this ME generation (ME FIRST, ALL FOR ME, AND ONLY ME) is not only prevalent in our small community, it is found everywhere. Why not start to change the world in a small way in a small community? Name Withheld by Request Beverly Hills 2- Beverly Hills Weekly hauo 17 Jnmry 27-r- 2, ooo BMay Hi WoJy . Published Thursdays in Beverly Hills &CEO Josh E. Gross Maaa Editor Shirin Danielpour Staff ReCerten= Ethan Bernard "13na Feng Michele Lu Contributer Ellen Stem Hams Steven Herbert Yaetie Shaphir Dianna Weiner Photooraphor Clara Jalandoni AdvelLdnO RepresentatP Parvin Famian 140 South Be Drive gl201 Beverly   022 310.887.0788 plhoae 310.887.0789 fax News tips 310.688.6761 All staff can be reached at: first name Unsolicited materials will not be returned 2000 Beverly Hills Weekly Inc.