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It seems obvious to me kids go to Ed Jackson’s candy store (“Bitter Sweets,” 4/18) for self-reward and friendship, and more unconsciously for a sense of community. These points make them feel good about themselves, something that may be lacking at Garrison School or the heart of Earlene Jenkins. I am growing increasingly concerned with the way adults jerk the reins of power their own ideologies. Let kids be kids! Let them have at least a contrasting image in their minds to balance the reality of the restaurant owner across the street who was “brutally stabbed and killed.” It seems candy and kind words are the very least these kids can expect of their childhood.

Dupont Circle