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April 20, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

Some in Summerlin have wrong attitude

After reading the Tuesday story “Shooting rattles affluent suburb” by Sun reporter Joe Schoenmann, I am truly appalled at the comments made by some residents of Summerlin. Yes, Summerlin is a very beautiful master-planned community, but it is simply a location obviously some of the people who reside there are not “in touch” with reality.

Do you honestly believe that the location or size of your home, what you drive, how you look or where your children attend school protects you from reality? That somehow you are entitled to live free of crime or to be protected by the ZIP code you reside in? That would be a very dangerous perception, and even more concerning would be instilling that belief in your children.

Where you live is simply logistics, and that does not prevent crime or protect anyone to any extent. These comments only further ignite the ignorance that exists today and harm our children and their future well-being. Those who have made these comments are doing a great disservice to those of us who are raising our children to be ever mindful of the reality of the world.

Honestly, the last time I heard, Summerlin was actually part of Las Vegas, and, truthfully, your ignorance is causing the rest of us educated middle-class and upper-middle-class residents of this city who live a life based in reality a tremendous amount of embarrassment.

So please refrain from continuing to publicly display your stupidity and do something with purpose in response to the tragic reality of the world we live in. Or better yet, stay in Summerlin and keep your comments to yourself maybe you can roll up your windows on your Mercedes SUV and live in fear for the rest of your life. I’m sure your children will benefit from that example.

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