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Column: Writer tries to warn parents

Former Readers' Board member Kathy Saunders was a bit stunned to learn she'd received a Golden Quill.

Her letter of May 8 rose to the top of four other letters nominated for the honor, current board members decided at their June meeting.

They appreciated how she brought local attention to a broader issue. The letter was timely, too, coming before high school graduation.

She took a personal stand, board members said, and she wrote with genuine concern. Her letter is reprinted below.

April was tragic for teen drivers in Minnesota. Ten people died in accidents with teenagers behind the wheel.

Two grabbed headlines statewide. In one late-night crash, a carload of teens violated numerous restrictions, including passenger limits. In another, three girls died after they were ejected from a pickup; they weren't wearing seat belts.

"I was looking for other letters on this topic and didn't see them. My heart was broken for these families. I had to do something," Saunders said.

So she picked up her pen and wrote a letter to the editor, hoping a few parents might read it and take steps to protect their children.

"If I could save one teen from a tragedy, it was well worth it," she said.

Receiving a Golden Quill as an unexpected bonus.

Anne Jacobson

Anne Jacobson is news director with RiverTown Multimedia. 

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