Letter: Where Are Our Priorities?

As a parent of two school-age children, I was excited about taking part in the March For Our Lives on March 24. I wanted my family to join in the movement to reduce gun violence inspired by the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre. I knew there were a number of marches planned for Palm Beach County, but to my dismay, I discovered that none were in the western communities.

This worldwide event was scheduled weeks ago. Why were Boca Raton, Delray Beach, West Palm Beach and Jupiter able to accommodate the thousands of people who wanted to take part, but not one of our western communities?

It wasn’t due to a lack of interest. One of the organizers of the West Palm Beach march was a 17-year-old Seminole Ridge High School student. Palm Beach Central High School filled its football stadium for a memorial to the Douglas victims. This tragedy has touched students across the nation and world, as well as their families.

We can host the Bacon & Bourbon Fest but not the March For Our Lives? Where are our priorities?

Rick Robb, Wellington

Editor’s note: There was at least one march held in the western communities, organized by equestrians at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.