To the editor of THE EAGLE:
In response to the well-written op-ed column by Edward Udel, August 19 ("The teen pregnancy dilemma," teen pregnancy is a sad situation. As the grandmother of five teenagers, I am acutely aware of the hardship this dilemma forces on a family, the schools, the social services agencies and ultimately, the taxpayer.
One has only to drive through downtown Pittsfield on a weekday to see very young parents strolling babies. Most likely unemployed, these kids are often smoking cigarettes (we all know what that costs).
If only there was a way of convincing youngsters of the struggle they face when they bring a child into this world when not much more than children themselves. For an evening of passion and raging hormones, they are responsible for a human life. Reports of immature parents reacting violently to a crying baby are frequent and horrible. Economically, the future is very bleak for these young families.
I must commend the educators who attempt to reach out to teens and offer opportunities for expression, like the PHS teacher who has students write about their lives.