Christine Aardema recommends harsh punishment for those who leave children in hot cars (“Irresponsible caregivers,” August 7). As though the death of the child is not punishment enough. She said she "finds it not only difficult but impossible to believe that someone can forget a child left somewhere.” Has she not heard the frequent stories of families on vacation stopping for gas or food, and then continuing on their way only to realize several miles down the road they have left someone behind? This would involve not just one person being forgetful, but several.

More than once, I have been busy doing a task around the yard or house to suddenly remember I was supposed to pick a member of the family up from school, church or town half an hour ago.

While she would exact justice, I tend to offer condolence and sympathy to a person already overburdened by grief.

Clifford Alldredge

South Jordan