I grieve for the family of Trayvon Martin. The loss of this young man's life is a great waste of potential and a crime perpetrated by society as a whole ("Martin verdict fires debate," July 15).

As a general statement, our society wants to play the race card in every situation. I am tired of hearing about discrimination when a black person is victimized, yet it's just a disturbing incident when a white, black, red or yellow person is injured, robbed or killed by an out-of-control youth who suffers from lack supervision and parental controls.

I have personally been assaulted by a group of teens, and when I injured several of them when I defended myself, I was told by police that I should have just given up my wallet. What's a couple of bucks? Or when a car is stolen for a joy ride, what's the big deal? You have insurance.

I and many others are tired of our property and safety being compromised by these poor, unfortunate mis-directed children. Where are their parents when they are running wild and out of control?

They sure show up with racial charges and lawsuits when their children meet unfortunate ends. When are we as a society going to hold parents responsible for the actions of their children?

The media needs to stop fanning the flames for their own ratings. The national figures and celebrities who, with no direct knowledge of the incident, step in and make generalized inflammatory statements just to get a moment in the spotlight need to spend their time working to improve the morals and properties of the family unit. Society cannot and will not improve until we all stop pointing the finger and make an honest effort to clean up our own houses before throwing rocks at others.'

Walt Pollock