Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Concert organizers praised
Although the recent concert in downtown Silver Spring ended badly with some fights and arrests, we shouldn't overlook the many positive outcomes from the event and its planning.
We should be proud of the efforts that the area teenagers made to honor the life of the Montgomery Blair High School student Tai Lam through music, dance and spoken word. The youth-organized Mixed Unity group should be applauded for their vision and hard work.
Now is the time to accentuate the positive, rather than focus on the few individuals who disrupted the program. We need to stand by the young people of who put together the event, the adults who supported them, the merchants who sponsored them, and our neighbors who came out to hear the messages of peace and non violence.
Alan S. Bowser, Silver Spring
The writer is on the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board.