My thanks to Times staff writers Rick Holguin and Lee Harris for bringing Norwalk City Councilman Marcial (Rod) Rodriguez out of his closet.
In the article, "Clamping Down on Gangs" (Times, June 11) Councilman Rodriguez is quoted: "You'd see the guys out there then, just like today, walking on the streets, standing on the corner." He also was described as running with members of a local gang although he never considered himself a member.
Whether or not he considered himself a member is not the real issue--just associating with a gang, to be seen by others, to gain some measure of personal pride and glory, is bad enough.
Then, on top of this, Councilman Rodriguez is quoted: "You belong to the Rotary, the Kiwanis, to the PTA. . . . We all have a sense, a need of belonging. What makes these kids so different?"