Your gang problem in the county is due to lack of parents being involved in raising their kids, the need for education for parents and their kids, and the cycle of poverty of no job, no education and it goes from generation to generation.
I grew up in Merced County and I am keenly aware of the poor schooling I received and the kinds of jobs I did to get the hell out of there and into Fresno State.
After five years of teaching in the Fresno City Schools, I had to escape to the Bay Area and pursue another field in order to be able to support my family.
The parents need to step up and take responsibility for raising their kids as well as those school boards and employers who hold the purse strings in the wealthiest county during harvest and the most poverty ridden in the winter.
Never miss a local story.
It is with chagrin and ennui that I watch you from afar.
PAUL DE LANDA